Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 18, 2016, will be a discussion of the following:
Adobe Systems, Inc. v. Christiansen, (9th. Cir. December 30, 2015) (available here). Adobe Systems sued Christiansen for copyright infringement as a result of selling Adobe software that defendant had purchased from a third party. Defendant Christiansen asserted that there was no liability under the first sale defense. The 9th Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that Adobe’s copyright infringement claim was precluded under the first sale defense and Adobe’s trademark infringement claim was precluded under the nominative fair use doctrine.
Vehicle Intelligence and Safety v. Mercedes-Benz USA, (Fed. Cir. December 28, 2015) (available here). Vehicle Intelligence and Safety sued Mercedes-Benz alleging infringement of its patent. Following claim construction, the district court dismissed the case finding that the claims were directed to an abstract idea. The Federal Circuit affirmed the district court.