SoCal IP Institute MCLE May 6th ; Swagway v. Segway Trademark Disputes; Doctrine of Equivalence and Exceptional Cases.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 13th, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:

Swagway v Segway and ITC., (CAFC May 9th 2019) (Available Here). Segway sued Swagway for trademark infringement on two marks related to “motorized, self-propelled, wheeled personal mobility devices, namely, wheelchairs, scooters, utility carts, and chariots”. Swagway argued that […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE May 6th ; Trademark Specimens; 101 eligibility; contributory infringement.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 6th, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:

In re Paul Morinville., (CAFC April 29th  2019) (Available Here). An inventor filed a patent application for “Systems and methods for dynamically and selectively generating a hierarchical functional organization”. The PTAB rejected the claims under 35 U.S.C. 101 […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE April 22nd Music Modernization Act

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 22nd, 2019, we will have a round table discussion on the Music Modernization Act.

To facilitate the discussion we will be going over

The Federal Register (here)

The Bill itself (here)

A report by the Copyright Office (here)

A pamphlet from the Copyright Office (here)

EFF’s comment regarding the act (here)

A […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE April 8th; Trademark Office Comes to Los Angeles.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 8th, 2019, Chris Kopitzke will report on the “Trademark Office Comes to California” program that she attended in Los Angeles this week.  The attached materials cover some key changes in the works that will affect trademark practitioners, as well as advanced practice tips from the […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE April 1; Unauthorized Practice of Patent Law; Dr. Seuss and Fair Use; Music Modernization at the Copyright Office.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 1st, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:

People v. Dak Steiert and Intelligent Patent Services, LLC , (Colo. 2/6/2019)(Available Here). Mr. Dak Steiert opened a law firm in Colorado offering to represent clients before the USPTO. The firm hired patent attorneys by contract, but the […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 25; Ethics in attorney client relationship; 101 issues; trademark infringement.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 25th, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:

Falk Pharma Gmbh v. Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (CAFC February 8 2019)(Available Here). Falk Pharma sued Salix Pharmaceuticals for trademark infringement. The litigation resulted in three appeals, defendant motioned to disqualify plaintiff’s law firm in all three appeals. The […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 18; Short Cases with Important Reminders.

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 18th, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:
Nautilus, Incorporated v. ICON Health & Fitness, (5th Cir. February 22, 2019)(Available Here) Plaintiff exercise bike company sued a competitor for breach of contract when Defendant stopped paying royalty payments. At issue was what the term “product” in […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 11; Supreme Court Weighs in on Copyright Law

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 11th, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:
Fourth Estate Pub. Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com (U.S. March 4, 2019)(Available Here) Fourth Estate licensed articles to Wall-Street.com. The license was eventually cancelled, but Wall-Street kept the articles on its website. Fourth Estate sued for copyright infringement, but […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE March 4; Sovereign Immunity With State School Patent Plaintiffs ; Joint Venture Trade Secret Misappropriation

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 4th, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:
University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc. v. General Electric Company  (CAFC February 26, 2019)(Available Here) The University of Florida sued General Electric for patent infringement on a patent  for Managing Critical Care Physiologic Data Using Data Synthesis Technology […]

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SoCal IP Institute MCLE February 25; Default Judgment Copyright Lawsuits ; When is Using a Trademark Not Counterfeiting?

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 25th , 2019, we will discuss the following cases:
Boost Beauty v. Woo Signatures (CD Cal February 11, 2019)(Available Here) Plaintiff and defendant both produced cosmetic products. Defendant used Plaintiff’s mark in an ad campaign by purchasing AdWords containing the mark. Plaintiff sued defendant for among […]

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