SoCal IP Institute :: August 4, 2014 :: Patent infringement and Trademark oppositions

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 4, 2014 will be a discussion of a patent infringement case and a trademark opposition. Brief synopses of the cases appear below. Amdocs (Israel) Limited v. Openet Telecom, Inc., No. 2013-1212 (Fed. Cir. August 1, 2014) (available here). Amdocs sued Openet for infringing four of its [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: July 7, 2014 :: Copyright infringement and trade secrets

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 7, 2014 will be a discussion of a Supreme Court case on copyright infringement and a California Appellate opinion on trade secrets. Brief synopses appear below. ABC v. Aereo (U.S. June 25, 2014) (available here).  The Supreme Court held that Aereo's service, which provided subscribers the [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: June 2, 2014 :: TTAB Says ‘Chanel’ For Real Estate Services Dilutes the Fashion Brand; Altavion, Inc. wins trade secret case against Konica Minolta Systems Laboratory regarding its digital stamping technology

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 2, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent TTAB precedential case and state trade secret opinion. Brief synopses appear below. Chanel, Inc. v. Jerzy Makarczyk (TTAB May 27, 2014) (available here.).  Here, Karczyk (“applicant"), filed an application pursuant to Section 1(a) of the Trademark Act to [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: February 3, 2014 :: Damages in Trademark Infringement Suits and Policing IP on 3rd Party Internet Retailer Websites

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 3, 2014 will be a discussion of the effect of damages in trademark infringement suits (15 U.S.C. §1117) – when damages are preferred over injunctions, attorney’s fees in various Circuits, attorney’s fees along with statutory damages for counterfeiters, and what a counterfeit is.  Also, a brief [...]

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SoCal IP Institute :: Dec. 30, 2013 :: The test for irreparable harm resolved in Herb Reed Case; NBA continues its aggressive litigation stance towards counterfeiters

In Herb Reed Enters., LLC v. Fla. Entm’t Mgmt., __ F.3d __. No. 12-16868, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 23938, *24 (9th Cir. Dec. 2, 2013), see the case here, the Ninth Circuit  reversed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction against defendants’ use of the mark “The Platters” in connection with a vocal group, the panel held that [...]

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SoCal IP Institute :: October 21, 2013 :: Pharrell Williams And Will-I-Am in IP Dispute; Bentley Prevails in Trademark Dispute

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013 will be a discussion of Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams lawsuit for declaratory relief that his trademark "I am OTHER" company is not infringing on Will.i.am's "I AM" trademark.  The complaint can be found here, and the Answer with Counterclaims can be found here. We will also [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: September 30, 2013 :: Recent Trade Dress Case Law

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 30, 2013 will be a discussion of two recent Trade Dress cases.  The first case is from the Sixth Circuit: Groeneveld Transport Efficiency, Inc. v. Lubecore International, Case Nos. 12-3545/3576 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2013) (available here).   The key issue in this case is whether a company can [...]

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SoCal IP Institute :: September 16, 2013 :: Design patents and Trademark Infringement

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, September 16, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent Federal Circuit decision regarding design patents and a First Circuit decision regarding trademark infringement. Brief synopses of the cases appear below. Dorpan, S.L. V. Hotel Melia, Inc., Case No. 12-1679 (1st Cir. August 28, 2013) (available here). [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: August 26, 2013 :: Common Law Rights of Publicity and Machine Readable Storage Medium

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 26, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent Central District of California decision regarding common law rights of publicity and a precedential case involving the patentability of "machine readable storage medium." Brief synopses of the cases appear below. Hebrew University of Jerusalem v. General Motors, [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: August 19, 2013 ::

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 19, 2013 will be a discussion of a recent 9th Circuit decision regarding player likenesses in games and a non-precedential case at the TTAB involving the Morehouse defense. Brief synopses of the cases appear below. Seltzer v. Green Day, Inc., Case No. 11-56573 (9th Cir. August [...]

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