- April 1, 2020
Food for thought: Court rules banana costume is copyrightable
Silvertop Associates Inc. v. Kangaroo Mfg. Inc., No. 18-2266, Aug. 1, 2019, 3d Cir., Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., 137 S. Ct. 1002 (2017).
Back to the future
Federal Circuit rejects narrow approach to relation back doctrine
Anza Technology, Inc. v. Mushkin, Inc., No. 19-1045, Aug. 16, 2019, Fed. Cir.
No harm, no foul
Fair use defense wins trademark infringement case
SportFuel, Inc., v. PepsiCo, Inc., No. 18-3010, Aug. 2, 2019, 7th Cir.
Timing matters in inter partes review
Henny Penny Corp. v. Frymaster LLC, No. 18-1596, Sept. 12, 2019, Fed. Cir.
- Ideas on Intellectual Property Law NewsletterFebruary 1, 2020February / March 2020
Auto parts’ aesthetic appeal doesn’t invalidate design patents
Automotive Body Parts Ass’n v. Ford Global Techs., LLC, No. 18-1613, July 11, 2019, Fed. Cir.
Actual consumer confusion irrelevant in trademark profits determination
4 Pillar Dynasty LLC v. New York & Co., Inc., No. 17-2398, July 5, 2019, 2d Cir.
Federal Circuit faults PTAB’s written description analysis
In re: Global IP Holdings LLC, No. 18-1426, July 5, 2019, Fed. Cir.
Third Circuit rejects copyright presumption in favor of permanent injunctions
TD Bank N.A. v. Hill, No. 16-2897, July 1, 2019, 3d Cir.; eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, LLC, 547 U.S. 388 (2006)
- December 1, 2019
Sink or swim: Precise patent language scuttles infringement lawsuit
Cobalt Boats, LLC v. Brunswick Corp., No. 18-1376, May 31, 2019, Fed. Cir.
Supreme Court says government isn’t a person ― for patent purposes
Return Mail, Inc. v. U.S. Postal Service, No. 17-1594, June 10, 2019, U.S.
Inaccurate statement forfeits copyright infringement claim
Gold Value Int’l Textile, Inc. v. Sanctuary Clothing, LLC, No. 17-55818, June 4, 2019, 9th Cir.
SCOTUS strikes down ban on immoral or scandalous trademark registration
Iancu v. Brunetti, No. 18-302, June 24, 2019, U.S.
- October 1, 2019
Active or passive?
What makes website operators directly liable for copyright infringement
VHT, Inc. v. Zillow Group, Inc., No. 17-35587, March 15, 2019, Ninth Cir.
Vehicle charging station patents short-circuit under Alice analysis
ChargePoint, Inc. v. SemaConnect, Inc., No. 18-1739, March 28, 2019, Fed. Cir.
Supreme Court ruling leaves a mark
Trademark right survives licensor’s bankruptcy
Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, No. 17-1657, May 20, 2019, U.S.
PTAB rejects inherently obvious finding
PersonalWeb Technologies, LLC v. Apple, Inc., No. 18-1599, March 8, 2019, Fed. Cir.
- September 1, 2019
Experimental use preempts public use, on-sale bars to patentability
Barry v. Medtronic, Inc., No. 17-2463, Jan. 24, 2019, Fed. Cir.
SCOTUS clarifies copyright infringement lawsuit prerequisite
Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, No. 17-571, Jan. 8, 2019, U.S.S.C.
Obviousness doesn’t require motivation to combine prior art
Realtime Data, LLC v. Iancu, No. 18-1154, Jan. 10, 2019, Fed. Cir.
Court of Appeals revives denied trademark application
In re: Guild Mortgage Co., No. 17-2620, Jan. 14, 2019, Fed. Cir.
- June 1, 2019
When a surname can be registered as a trademark
Schlafly v. St. Louis Brewery, LLC, No. 17-1468, Nov. 26, 2018, Fed. Cir.
Lens manufacturer loses the blame game
Circumstantial evidence seals induced patent infringement liability
Enplas Display Device Corp. v. Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd., No. 16-2599, Nov. 19, 2018, Fed. Cir.
Music platform hits a sour note
Resale of digital music violates Copyright Act
Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc., No. 16-2321, Dec. 18, 2018, 2d Cir.
Confidential sales can trigger the on-sale bar to patentability
Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., No. 17-1229, Jan. 22, 2019, U.S. Sup. Ct.
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