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SoCal IP Institute :: February 24, 2014 :: Recent Case Law regarding Patent Invalidity (Medtronic v. Edwards) & Authorship Claims under the Copyright Act (Brownstein v. Lindsay)

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent case regarding invalidity of certain claims of a patent, and another recent case regarding a claim under the Copyright Act seeking a declaratory judgment of joint authorship.  Brief synopses appear below.

In MEDTRONIC COREVALVE, LLC v. EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP. (Fed. Cir. 1/22/14) (available here).  Medtronic CoreValve  appeals from the judgment of the United States District Court granting summary judgment to Edwards of invalidity of certain claims of the ’281 patent. Summary judgment was affirmed because Medtronic failed to specifically reference each earlier filed application in the intervening applications in the chain of priority for the ’281 patent under 35 U.S.C. § 120; the district court was correct to limit the priority date of the patent to no earlier than April 10, 2003

In BROWNSTEIN v. LINDSAY (3rd Cir. Nos. 12–2506, 12–4471. Argued July 10, 2013. — January 29, 2014) (available here), Appellant Brownstein sought declaratory judgment of joint authorship of an ethnic identification system that he created with Appellee Tina Lindsay called “E-Tech”.  At trial, the District Court granted Appellee’s judgment as a matter of law under Rule 50(a) on Brownstein’s joint authorship claim. The District Court found that Brownstein’s claim was time-barred and that he could not succeed on the merits of his claim based on the evidence adduced at trial. The Court of appeal reversed and remanded for a new trial, stating that  an authorship claim arises and accrues when a plaintiff’s authorship has been “expressly repudiated” and that courts have no authority to cancel copyright registrations.

All are invited to join us in our discussion during the SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 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.

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SoCal IP Institute :: February 3, 2014 :: Damages in Trademark Infringement Suits and Policing IP on 3rd Party Internet Retailer Websites

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 3, 2014 will be a discussion of the effect of damages in trademark infringement suits (15 U.S.C. §1117) – when damages are preferred over injunctions, attorney’s fees in various Circuits, attorney’s fees along with statutory damages for counterfeiters, and what a counterfeit is.  Also, a brief discussion of the presumption of willful infringement if one registers a domain under a false address. The cases that will be the focus of our discussion appear below.

Discussion of several different Circuit Court decisions on these issues, including: Nightingale Home Healthcare v Anodyne Therapy LLC, 626 F.3d 963 (7th Cir. 2010); K and N Engineering Inc v. Sarah Bulat et al., 510 F.3d 1079 (9th Cir. 2007); and Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A., v. Ly USA, Inc., 676 F.3d 83 (2d. Cir. 2012).  In addition, there will be a presentation on and discussion of how to police IP on 3rd party internet retailer websites.

All are invited to join us in our discussion during the SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 3, 2014 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.