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Monthly Archives: August 2014

SoCal IP Institute :: August 18, 2014 :: Detection/Prevention of Substance Abuse

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 18, 2014 will be a discussion on how to cope with the unique challenges of legal practice. The course will involve watching a streamed video of instructors Richard Carlton and David Mann of the California Bar discussing the topic followed by a brief discussion of the subject matter of the video.  The instructors summarize the presentation as an examination of the stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse challenges often encounter by legal professionals, and the strategies and resources available to address these concerns.

All are invited to join us in our discussion during the SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Noon in our Westlake Village office. This activity is approved for 1 hour of Detection/Prevention of Substance Abuse 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 :: August 11, 2014 :: Trade Dress in the Central District; Fed Cir. Reverses Contempt Sanctions

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 11, 2014 will be a discussion of a recent trade dress case in the Central District and a recent Fed. Cir. Opinion reversing contempt sanctions. Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

Brian Lichtenberg, LLC v. Alex & Chloe, Inc. Case No.: CV 13-06837 DDP (C.D. Cal. 7/25/14) (available here), involves a case of two brothers suing over trade dress.  The court in this case granted one brother’s motion for preliminary injunction in part, and denied it in part.

In EPlus Inc, v. Lawson Software, Inc., No.: 2013-1506, -1587 (Fed. Cir. 7/25/15) (available here), the Federal Circuit reversed the order for civil contempt sanctions when it found that the underlying preliminary injunction they were based upon was invalid.

All are invited to join us in our discussion during the SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 11, 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.

SoCal IP Institute :: August 4, 2014 :: Patent infringement and Trademark oppositions

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 4, 2014 will be a discussion of a patent infringement case and a trademark opposition. Brief synopses of the cases appear below.

Amdocs (Israel) Limited v. Openet Telecom, Inc., No. 2013-1212 (Fed. Cir. August 1, 2014) (available here). Amdocs sued Openet for infringing four of its patents. Here, the Fed. Cir. reversed the district court’s ruling of noninfringement of three of the patents on summary judgment. In addition, the Fed. Cir. vacated and remanded the district court’s ruling of noninfringement of the fourth patent based on an erroneous claim construction.

Stoncor v. Specialty Coatings, No. 2013-1448 (Fed. Cir. July 16, 2014) (available here). Stoncor opposed Specialty Coatings mark for ARMORSTONE. The Federal Circuit affirmed the TTAB’s ruling that there is no likelihood of confusion between ARMORSTONE and STONSHIELD and that ARMORSTONE is not merely descriptive.

All are invited to join us in our discussion during the SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, August 4, 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.