SoCal IP Institute :: June 12, 2017 :: Changes to Patent Venue and Google Is Still Not a Generic Term

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC  (Supreme Court, March 27, 2017) (available here).  Kraft Foods sued TC Heartland for patent infringement in Delaware. The district court denied TC’s motion to dismiss or transfer venue. TC [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: May 8, 2017 :: Means-Plus-Function Standard and No Summary Judgment for Trade Dress Infringement

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 8, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC (Fed. Cir., June 16, 2015) (available here).  In the original panel opinion for this case, the majority held that use of the word “module” does not invoke means-plus-function language in patent claims, such that the [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: March 20, 2017 :: Recent patent cases

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 20, 2017, we will discuss the following: Nidec Motor Corporation v. Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor Co. Ltd., et. al (Fed. Cir. Mar. 14, 2017) (available here).  Nidec appealed the PTAB's decision finding one of its claims anticipated in an IPR proceeding. The Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB's ruling [...]

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SoCal IP Institute :: March 13, 2017 :: A “Non-Commercial” Creative Commons License; Coney Island Specimen Refused in Citeable TTAB Decision

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017, we will discuss the following: Great Minds v. FedEx (E.D.N.Y Feb. 24, 2017) (available here).  This case discusses a"Non-Commercial" Creative Commons License.  In sum, FedEx was copying materials made by Plaintiff Great Minds, a math curriculum called "Eureka Math."  The court granted FedEx's motion to [...]

By |2017-03-08T15:25:54-08:00March 8th, 2017|Patent, Trademark, Acquired Distintiveness|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: March 6, 2017 :: Preliminary Injunction for Riding Lawnmower Patent Affirmed and No Trademark Registration for DEEP! DEEP! DISH PIZZA

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017, we will discuss the following: Metalcraft of Mayville, Inc. v. The Toro Company (Fed. Cir. February 16, 2016) (available here).  A manufacturer of commercial riding lawnmowers brought a suit for infringement of a patent disclosing a suspended operator platform for a ride-on lawnmower.  The district court [...]

By |2017-03-04T13:11:42-08:00March 4th, 2017|Patent, Trademark, Acquired Distintiveness|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: February 6, 2017 :: CA finds attorney bills can be privileged and a trademark registration for white gunpowder

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017, we will discuss the following: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County (Cal., December 29, 2016) (available here).  Reversing a lower court opinion, the California Supreme Court found that attorney billing invoices for work in pending and [...]

By |2017-01-31T10:26:22-08:00January 31st, 2017|Trademark, TTAB, Acquired Distintiveness|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: January 30, 2017 :: Some of the First Trademark and Copyright Decisions of 2017

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 30, 2017, we will discuss the following: Perfect 10, Inc. v. Giganews, Inc. (9th Cir. 1/23/17) (available here).  Court dismissed 10's claim for direct copyright infringement awarding Giganews fees and costs. 9th Circuit affirmed. 10 failed to state a claim where the court found that [...]

By |2017-01-30T11:42:58-08:00January 27th, 2017|Trademark|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute :: January 23, 2017 :: Trademark infringement

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017, we will discuss the following: Viacom International Inc. v. IJR Capital Investments, LLC (S.D.Texas Jan. 11, 2017) (available here). IJR filed a trademark application for THE KRUSTY KRAB for restaurant services. Viacom then sent a cease and desist letter asking IJR to refrain from using the [...]

By |2017-01-19T23:35:46-08:00January 19th, 2017|Trademark|0 Comments
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