Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 3, 2015 will be a discussion of the following cases:

Minden Pictures v. John Wiley & Sons, , Case No. 14-15267 (9th Cir. July 29, 2015) (available here).  This case involved the issue of standing and whether an exclusive licensee of photographs protected by copyrights, had standing to sue. The 9th Circuit reversed the district court’s ruling and held that Minden, even thought it was a licensing agent for the photographers and therefore was an exclusive licensee, it still had standing to sue on the copyrights.

Circuit Check, Inc. v. QXQ, Inc., Case No. 14-1191, (4th Cir. April 23, 2015) (available here). This decision relates to what is considered analogous art for obviousness standards. Circuit Check sued QXQ for patent infringement. Here, the Federal Circuit reversed the district’s court ruling finding the patent claims invalid and instead stated that the district court erred by finding that the analogous art was applicable for invalidating the patent claims.
All are invited to join us in our discussion during the SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 3, 2015 at Noon in our Westlake Village office. This activity is approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit. If you will be joining us, please RSVP to Noelle Smith by 9 am Monday morning.