- 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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- April 1, 2019
Print still matters
Trade show catalog bars patent
Nobel Biocare Svcs. AG v. Instradent USA, Inc., No. 17-2256, Sept. 13, 2018, Fed. Cir.
SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu, No. 16–969, April 24, 2018, S.Ct.
Stairway back to court
Erroneous jury instructions trip up copyright verdict
Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin, No. 16-56057, Sept. 28, 2018, 9th Cir.
How ranges described in prior art trigger obviousness presumption
E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. v. Synvina C.V., No. 17-1977, Sept. 17, 2018, Fed. Cir.
Can you sue foreign corporations for trademark infringement?
Plixer Int’l, Inc. v. Scrutinizer GmbH, No. 18-1195, Sept. 13, 2018, 1st Cir.