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SoCal IP Institute Supreme Court on .com Trademarks

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 6th, 2020 we will discuss the following cases: United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) v. Booking.Com B.V. 10658 (Supreme Court)(available here) The USPTO had an almost blanket rule that adding .com to a generic trademark term still renders the generic.com mark generic. When Bookings.com [...]

By |2020-07-06T11:26:55-07:00July 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute Trademark Registrations for CBD; Amazon Counterfeit Crimes Unit

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 28th, 2020 we will discuss the following case and topics: In re Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, LLC, 2020 U.S.P.Q.2d 10658 (T.T.A.B.2020)(available here) Stanley Brothers applied for a federal trademark registration for a product containing CBD. The USPTO rejected the application arguing that to receive a [...]

By |2020-06-25T17:25:40-07:00June 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute Prior Art in IPRs; Attorneys Fees in Exceptional Cases

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 15th, 2020 we will discuss the following cases: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Microspherix LLC (CAFC 2020)(available here) Merck filed three IPRs against patents for an implantable contraceptive owned by Microspherix. The board instituted IPR review, but found the patents valid. An important issue [...]

By |2020-06-10T14:30:05-07:00June 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute Google Privacy Class Action; Abstract Ideas

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 8th, 2020 we will discuss the following cases: Brown v. Google (N.D. Cal 2020)(available here) Several plaintiffs have brought forward a class action lawsuit against Google. The complaint alleges that when users used Google's incognito feature, they were assured Google would not collect and track [...]

By |2020-06-05T12:00:45-07:00June 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute Instagram Copyright Troll Sanctions ; CAFC on IPR decisions

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 18th, 2020 we will discuss the following cases: Mondragon v. Nosrak LLC (D.Colo.) (available here) A District court in Colorado issued a unique sanction against a copyright troll. Plaintiff's counsel filed a multitude of copyright infringement suits around the country. Counsel has apparently not filed [...]

By |2020-05-14T14:06:50-07:00May 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute Instagram Copyrights; CAFC on IPR decisions

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 11th, 2020 we will discuss the following cases: Sinclair v. Ziff (S.D.N.Y) (available here) Plaintiff was a professional photographer and sued the owner of a website for posting her photo. The Southern District of New York however dismissed the complaint. Plaintiff had previously posted the [...]

By |2020-05-07T13:04:48-07:00May 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute Supreme Court on Copyright Annotations; Forum Selection in Patent Cases

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, May 4th, 2020 we will discuss the following cases: Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc. (US 2020) (available here) The State of Georgia claimed copyright to an ebook containing the Annotated Official Code for the state of Georgia, the OCGA. The OCGA has every Georgia statute as well [...]

By |2020-05-01T17:27:26-07:00May 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute Supreme Court on Trademark Damages and IPR Proceedings

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 27th, 2020 we will discuss the following cases: Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil Group, Inc. (US 2020)(available here) Romag Fasteners and Fossil entered an agreement to use Romag’s fasteners in Fossil’s leather products. Romag discovered that factories in China making Fossil products were using counterfeit [...]

By |2020-04-27T11:15:22-07:00April 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments