Part of our regular practice is defending companies that have been sued. Most commonly we defend against claims of patent or trademark infringement, though we also handle copyrights, trade secrets and IP-based contract disputes (e.g., licenses). Through decades of experience we have developed sensible procedures for learning early about new lawsuits against clients, for notifying [...]
Please join us on Monday, September 18, 2023 at Noon , where we will discuss two CAFC decision for Patents: one re: Claim Construction Apple v Corephotonics 22-1350.OPINION.9-11-2023_2188207 and the other regarding Analogous Art Netfix v Divx 22-1138.OPINION.9-11-2023_2188240. Angelo Gaz, of Counsel to SoCalIP, will lead the discussion.
Please join us Monday, August 21, 2023 where we will discuss Trademark Marking Notice and TTAB Issues. Specific issues will include: What are the requirements of Trademark Marking Notice and how do they affect damages in a lawsuit? What about Virtual notice? In TTAB cancellation or Opposition Proceedings, what topics are permitted in Reply Briefs? [...]
For many years, the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeals Board has been viewed as a Star Chamber which ritually invalidates patents. More recent experience suggests that the PTAB is no longer necessarily a place where patents go to die. Two cases from this summer are the topic of this post. In both cases, the PTAB [...]
Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 17, 2023 will be a discussion of the Digital Services Act, the INFORM Consumers Act and related legislation. The explosive growth of e-commerce marketplaces and social media platforms as essential channels for advertising and selling goods and services has changed the way consumers shop. Brick and [...]
Please join us Monday, May 8, 2023 where we will watch a video featuring Stuart Teicher, Esq. discussing mental health issues in the legal profession. This qualifies for one CA CLE credit for competence, and topics will include: Introduction Anxiety Stress, Burnout, and Balance Past the Breaking Points Depression & Suicide Anger Management Compassion Fatigue [...]
With the wide and inexpensive availability of AI tools, we as IP attorneys need to decide how to employ them in our law practice. Our firm will discuss how AI tools such as Chat GPT could be used by us today, including what sensible controls we must employ to protect client confidences and privileges. We [...]
Elimination of Bias: Is it Possible? an Inherent Bias MCLE This week, the SoCal IP Institute will watch and discuss a video from the State Bar of California related to the elimination of bias, and in particular implicit bias, in the workplace. All are welcome to join in the video and discussion.
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2023. As we start the third decade of SoCal IP Law Group, we have some court decisions on fairly fundamental issues of patent law and procedure. In Plastipak v Premium Waters, the Federal Circuit (J Stark) vacated and remanded on whether the plaintiff had sufficient rights to sue for infringement. [...]
Two cases of interest in IPR practice, Provisur Technologies, Inc. v. Weber, Inc., and Polaris Innovations, Ltd. v. Brent. Both of these are precedential opinions of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.In Provisur, the PTAB invalidated claims directed to classifying slices or a portion cut from a food product according to an optical [...]