SoCal IP Institute :: April 13, 2015 :: A Citeable TTAB Decision (ProMark v. GFA) and Timely Atty Fees Motion in Slep-Tone

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 13, 2015 will be a discussion of the following cases: ProMark Brands Inc. v. GFA Brands Inc. (TTAB  March 27, 2015) (available here). Here, ProMark (later assigned to H.J. Heinz Company) opposed GFA's trademark application for the plain word mark SMART BALANCE for: frozen appetizers containing poultry, meat, seafood or [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: March 30, 2015 :: False Endorsement by Bob Marley and Issue Preclusion Based Upon TTAB Decisions

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 30, 2015 will be a discussion of two cases. The first is a 9th Circuit trademark case involving the exploitation of Bob Marley's likeness.  For this case, we will be joined by Paul Bost, an associate in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin. He is [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: February 9, 2015 :: The Broadest “Reasonable” Interpretation & Likelihood of Confusion at the TTAB

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 9, 2015 will be a discussion of: In re Imes, Case No. 2014-1206 (Fed. Cir.  January 29, 2015 ) (available here).  Here, Mr. Imes appeals a rejection of his U.S. patent application number 09/874,423 directed to a device for communicating a digital camera image and video [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: November 17, 2014 :: 9th Circuit Relieves Insurance Co. of Duty to Defend IP Claims; TTAB 2(d) Refusal of “BLUE SANTA STEW HOLIDAY FEAST”

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent 9th Circuit case regarding insurance coverage of IP cases and an unusual TTAB holding. Brief synopses appear below. Street Surfing, LLC v. Great American E&S Ins., Case No. 12-55351 (9th Cir. 11/14/14 (available here): In an Amended Opinion, the 9th [...]

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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 [...]

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