Trademark Notice Issues, TTAB Reply Briefs

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? [...]

By |2023-11-09T13:30:26-08:00August 11th, 2023|Uncategorized, Trademark, TTAB, Damages, Functionality|0 Comments

Ethics: New California Mandatory Reporting Rule and Some Rule Review

New Mandatory Bar Ethics Reporting Rules The California Bar has adopted a new Rule of Professional Conduct 8.3 which requires that bar members report ethical breaches of other lawyers about which they are aware. This rule brings California into line with most other jurisdictions which require such reporting. The rule goes into effect on August [...]

By |2023-07-21T14:34:31-07:00July 21st, 2023|Ethics|0 Comments

The Digital Services Act, the INFORM Consumers Act and related legislation

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 [...]

By |2023-11-09T13:30:42-08:00July 17th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bad Spaniels Leashed by Supreme Court and a Totally Bananas Copyright Case

  On Monday, July 10, Chris Kopitzke will lead the discussion about a Supreme Court trademark decision concerning a doggie chew toy, along with a copyright case in the Southern District of Florida about dueling artworks featuring bananas and duct tape. In Jack Daniel’s Properties v. VIP Products, No. 22-148 (S. Ct., June 8, 2023), [...]

By |2023-07-09T17:51:22-07:00July 9th, 2023|Trademark, First Amendment|0 Comments

Federal Courts of Appeal Cases on Trade Dress Infringement

Federal Courts of Appeal Cases on Trade Dress Infringement Jason Scott Collection, Inc. v. Trendily Furniture, LLC, 68 F.4th 1203 (9th Cir. 2023). The court affirmed copyright and trade dress infringement for furniture designs. Citing Wal-Mart Stores v. Samara Bros., 529 U.S. 205, 211–12 (2000), defendant argued that the furniture was not inherently distinctive so [...]

By |2023-06-15T15:39:29-07:00June 15th, 2023|Trade Dress|0 Comments

Andy Warhol, Prince, and Fair Use at the Supreme Court

Please join us on Monday, June 12, 2023 at noon for a discussion of the recent Supreme Court case Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith (May 18, 2023) In 1981 Newsweek commissioned professional photographer Lynn Goldsmith to photograph a then “up and coming” musician named Prince Rogers Nelson, which was published [...]

By |2023-06-05T11:15:02-07:00June 3rd, 2023|Fair Use, Copyright, Infringement|0 Comments

What My Facebook Posts Teach about Lawyer Mental Health

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 [...]

By |2023-11-09T13:33:00-08:00May 4th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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