For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017, we will discuss the following:

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County (Cal., December 29, 2016) (available here).  Reversing a lower court opinion, the California Supreme Court found that attorney billing invoices for work in pending and active legal matters are privileged because they are so closely related to attorney-client communications that they implicate the privilege rule.

In re Hodgdon Powder Company (TTAB, June 30, 2016)  (available here). The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board reversed a refusal to register a mark comprising the color “white” for “preformed gunpowder charges for muzzleloading firearms.”  The Board found that the Applicant had proven acquired distinctiveness under Section 2(f), where the Applicant stated that the color white for its gunpowder served no purpose other than to identify its products and no one else uses the color white for gunpowder.

All are invited to join us on Monday, February 6, 2017, 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 Elisha Manzur by 9 am Monday morning.