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SoCal IP Institute MCLE July 29th; State and Federal Cannabis Trademarks

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 29th, 2019, we will discuss the Federal and State regulations of trademarks related to the Cannabis industry. To facilitate the discussion we will use the following materials: California Guidance (here) California Code of Regulations, Title 17 Chapter 13 (here) USPTO Guidance (here) In re Canopy [...]

By |2019-07-25T10:55:42-07:00July 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE July 22nd; Internet Reviews and Unfair Competition

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 22nd, 2019, we will discuss the following case. Grasshopper House, LLC v. Clean & Sober Media LLC (C.D. Cal. 2019) Plaintiff and defendant were both involved in the business of rehab clinics. Defendant's clinic was accused of posting false internet reviews regarding plaintiff's clinic, in [...]

By |2019-07-17T18:29:36-07:00July 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE July 15th; IRS and taxation on royalties

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 15th, 2019, we will discuss the following case. Spireas v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, (3d Cir. 2018) Spireas earned $40 million in royalties from licensed technology from 2007-2008. Royalties paid under a license agreement are generally taxed as ordinary income at 35 percent. Spireas claimed [...]

By |2019-07-11T10:11:42-07:00July 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE July 1st ; Scandalous Marks

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 1st, 2019, we will discuss the recent Supreme Court decision Iancu v. Brunetti. Erik Brunetti sought federal registration of the trademark FUCT. The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) denied the application under 15 U. S. C. §1052(a) of the Lanham act which prohibits registration of [...]

By |2019-06-30T23:51:59-07:00June 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE June 24th ; Calculating Patent Infringement Lost Profit – A Case Study with Thomas Neches

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 24th, 2019, we are pleased to welcome our guest speaker Thomas Neches. Thomas Neches, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, CFE, shares his thirty-four years of trial testimony experience in a discussion of a patent infringement case in which he recently testified as plaintiff's damages expert in USDC Santa [...]

By |2019-06-18T11:26:34-07:00June 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SoCal IP Institute MCLE June 3rd ; Standing in IPR disputes; Exceptional Patent Cases

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, June 3rd, 2019, we will discuss the following cases: AVX Corp. v. Presidio Components, Inc, (CAFC May 13th 2019) (Available Here). Presidio and AVX both produce ceramic capacitor components. AVX petitioned the USPTO for IPR review of several patents owned by Presidio. the Patent Office granted [...]

By |2019-05-30T14:59:00-07:00May 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2019-05-09T15:06:28-07:00May 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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. [...]

By |2019-05-03T11:41:06-07:00May 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2019-04-05T17:53:34-07:00April 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments