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 data from them. However, the complaint alleges that despite these assurances Google continued to collect data. Interestingly enough, no cause of action under California’s new privacy act, the CCPA, nor under the European GDPR were asserted in the lawsuit. Instead, plaintiffs decided to use violation of Federal Wiretap laws 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510.

British Telecom v. IAC Interactive Corp (CAFC)(available here)

British Telecommunications sued several parties in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging infringement of Patent No. 6,397,040. Defendants filed a 12(b)(6) motion arguing the ‘040 was an abstract idea. The District court ruled in favor of defendant, the federal circuit agreed.

We will also discuss a recent lawsuit filed by a state attorney general regarding COVID-19. (lawsuit here)

All are invited to attend. Due to the Covid-19 situation the meeting will be conducted electronically via zoom. Join us by using this link at 12:00pm PT. 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.