For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 18th, 2019, we will discuss the following cases:

Nautilus, Incorporated v. ICON Health & Fitness, (5th Cir. February 22, 2019)(Available Here) Plaintiff exercise bike company sued a competitor for breach of contract when Defendant stopped paying royalty payments. At issue was what the term “product” in the agreement meant. The district court and appeal court affirmed that product included “any apparatus, systems or products covered by at least one Claim of any of [Nautilus’s] Patent Rights”.

Sophos, Inc. v. RPost Holdings (CAFC March 14, 2019) (Available Here) On summary judgment, a district court invalidated several claims to a patent. Mistakenly, the opinion stated all claims of the patent were invalid. The CAFC pointed out the error and instructed the lower court to fix it.

Lewis v. Rodan & Fields (U.S. February 28, 2019) (Available Here) Defendant eyelash cosmetic company allegedly did not disclose harmful side affects of its products. A class action lawsuit was initiated and defendant motioned to dismiss. The court denied the motion holding that certain ads were plausibly false and misleading.

All are invited to join us on Monday March 18th, 2019, 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.