Mealey's Intellectual Property

  • May 24, 2024

    Minority Winery Owner Can’t Satisfy Lexmark In Bid To Cancel Trademarks

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A minority owner of a California winery on May 23 failed to persuade the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to direct the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to reinstate its petitions for cancellation of the “ALVAREDOS-HOBBS” and “HILLICK AND HOBBS” trademarks for use in connection with wine.

  • May 24, 2024

    Media Companies Seek Opportunity To Respond To OpenAI’s New Standing Challenge

    NEW YORK — After briefing wrapped on artificial intelligence companies’ motion to dismiss two media companies’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) case for lack of standing, the media companies accused OpenAI Inc. and the other defendants of changing their argument mid-briefing and on May 23 asked a New York federal court for leave to file a surreply so they could respond.

  • May 24, 2024

    Federal Circuit Undoes Patent Priority Determination, Endorses 2-Way Test

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A motion by the owner of a junior patent for a finding that a senior patent application was time-barred was wrongly rejected by the Patent Trial and Appeals Board in an interference proceeding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held May 23, vacating and remanding the board’s subsequent decision to award priority to the patent applicants.

  • May 23, 2024

    Motion To Dismiss Sinks Copyright Claims Over Scuba Diving Cop Show

    NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York has dismissed with prejudice allegations of copyright infringement leveled by an author who says he was first to conceive of the idea behind the hit Japanese television show “DCU:  Deep Crime Unit.”

  • May 23, 2024

    Squabble Over Subpoena In Semiconductor Substrate Patent Row Sent To Texas

    BOSTON — A federal magistrate judge in Massachusetts on May 22 did not reach the merits of a motion to quash a subpoena served on a wafer manufacturer, instead transferring the request to the Texas federal court where an infringement action over semiconductor products incorporating the wafers is already under way. 

  • May 22, 2024

    DISH Can Amend Patent Complaint; FuboTV Denied Dismissal In Delaware

    WILMINGTON, Del. — Litigation over a series of adaptive bitrate streaming patents will proceed in Delaware, a federal judge there ruled May 21, granting a motion by the patent owner and exclusive licensee to amend their complaint to add more than 100 patent claims allegedly infringed by the sports streaming service fuboTV Media Inc.

  • May 22, 2024

    WIPO Warns PTO: Fee Increase For Trademarks Violates Madrid Protocol

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As the comment period draws to a close on plans by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to raise fees in fiscal year 2025 on certain trademark applications, the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) has weighed in with a warning that the proposal as written runs afoul of the primary system for international trademark registration.

  • May 21, 2024

    En Banc Court Overrules Rosen-Durling, Endorses Graham For Design Patents

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a May 21 en banc holding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said the “same conditions for patentability that apply to utility patents apply to design patents” and declared their decades-old approach to determining design patent obviousness “improperly rigid” and no longer good law.

  • May 21, 2024

    Board Distinguishes Dell Patent Application From AI Example In Revised Guidance

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An examiner’s determination that a machine learning model for providing improved forecasting of market behavior is unpatentable will not be disturbed, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board said May 20, rejecting reliance by real party-in-interest Dell Products L.P. on a neural network-based example in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s updated guidance on patent eligibility.

  • May 21, 2024

    8th Circuit Affirms Insurer Has Duty To Defend Against Trademark Infringement Suit

    ST. LOUIS — The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 20 affirmed a lower federal court’s finding that an insurer has a duty to defend its computer networking products reseller insured against an underlying trademark infringement lawsuit, noting that this does not resolve the issue of whether the insurer has a duty to indemnify, which will turn on the resolution of the underlying lawsuit.

  • May 21, 2024

    Divided Panel: ‘Own Time’ Language In Patent Invention Agreement Is Ambiguous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Findings by a federal judge in California that a 2011 assignment by an inventor to his company of rights to a bandwidth optimization patent was ineffective because of an invention agreement he signed with a former employer more than two decades earlier must be revisited, a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded May 21.

  • May 21, 2024

    With Panel ‘Bound By’ Herbal Brands, ‘Detoxify’ Trademark Cases Reinstated

    SAN FRANCISCO — Two online sellers of products that allegedly make an infringing use of the “Detoxify” trademark must defend their actions in court, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 20, reversing dismissal of the cases on jurisdiction grounds by two separate California federal judges.

  • May 20, 2024

    Cert Bid By Self-Professed ‘Digital Nomad’ Fails In Trademark Jurisdiction Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on May 20 revealed that it will not weigh in on a finding by a divided Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel that a California court can exercise jurisdiction over a one-person company that has not operated in the Golden State since 2016.

  • May 20, 2024

    Divided Panel Clarifies Scope Of Recoverable Fees Under Section 285

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four years after reversing a determination that defendants DISH Network L.L.C. and Sirius XM Radio Inc. (SXM) did not qualify as prevailing parties in a patent infringement action, a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 20 affirmed a Delaware federal judge’s finding on remand that DISH and SXM cannot recoup the attorney fees they incurred during a “voluntary” and “parallel” proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

  • May 20, 2024

    High Court Won’t Consider Copyright Discovery Rule In Online Photo Use Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hearst Newspapers LLC’s plea that the U.S. Supreme Court settle the application of the atextual discovery rule to the Copyright Act fell on deaf ears, as the high court in its May 20 order list denied the media company’s petition for certiorari in a dispute over its use of a photographer’s copyrighted photographs on the websites of several of its publications.

  • May 20, 2024

    Defamation Claims Over Infringement Warnings Preempted By Patent Law

    MIAMI — A patent owner should be awarded summary judgment on counterclaims of defamation and tortious interference leveled by an infringement defendant that alleged, among other things, that the defamatory statements caused it to lose out on profits it could have made in Russia’s war on Ukraine, a federal magistrate judge in Florida ruled May 17.

  • May 20, 2024

    California Federal Judge Denies JMOL, New Trial In CoComelon Copyright Case

    SAN FRANCISCO — A copyright infringement verdict and $17.7 million award by a California jury in July in a dispute between competing YouTube channels will not be undone, a federal judge there has ruled, deeming the outcome of the trial supported by substantial evidence.

  • May 17, 2024

    In Win For Invisalign Maker, ‘Showdown’ Remote Dentistry Patent Claims Held Ineligible

    SAN FRANCISCO — When “stripped of excess verbiage and techno-jargon,” two “showdown” patent claims directed to a deep learning device for monitoring the progress and performance of an orthodontic aligner recite abstract ideas, and their introduction of “generic neural networks” to the field of remote dentistry, “without more,” is not enough to transform the ideas into patent eligible subject matter, a federal judge in California concluded May 16.

  • May 17, 2024

    Illinois Federal Judge: Fix For ‘Technological Hiccup’ Satisfies Alice Step 2

    CHICAGO — Although agreeing with an infringement defendant that four web chat patents recite the abstract idea of organizing conversations, a federal judge in Illinois on May 16 said that because the patents are directed to a sufficiently inventive solution to the “technological hiccup” of statelessness when communicating in a hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) web browser, they survive an early patent eligibility challenge.

  • May 16, 2024

    Judge Won’t Compel Authors Guild Evidence In Authors’ AI Copyright Suit

    SAN FRANCISCO — While authors portray documents in a related case as clearly relevant to their artificial intelligence copyright claims against OpenAI Inc. and others, their failure to go beyond declaratory statements and explain the relevance of any evidence requires denying the request to compel production, a federal judge in California said.

  • May 16, 2024

    Record Companies Beat Motion To Dismiss; Copyright Claims Over Digitization Proceed

    SAN FRANCISCO — Entities at the helm of the “Great 78 Project” — an initiative dedicated to converting 78 rpm records into digital format and then making the recordings available online for free — were denied dismissal of copyright infringement allegations leveled against them by various recording companies by a federal judge in California on May 15.

  • May 16, 2024

    Despite Phonetic Similarity, Confusion Unlikely Between ‘SUNSAUCE,’ ‘SON SAUCE’

    SAN FRANCISCO — Litigation between two sauce makers will proceed without preliminary injunctive relief in place, a federal judge in California has ruled, because the Thailand-based plaintiff, owner of the “SUNSAUCE” trademark, has not shown that it is likely to succeed on the merits of its allegation that a California company infringes with its “SON SAUCE” product.

  • May 16, 2024

    Appellants Say Court’s OpenAI Secondary Meaning Ruling Was In Error

    SAN FRANCISCO — A trial court erred in finding that the OpenAI mark acquired a secondary meaning with the release of its Dall-E website and before the release of the vastly more popular ChatGPT while ignoring analogous uses of the mark and that all the allegedly irreparable harm was speculative, a company tells the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • May 16, 2024

    Fees, Sanctions Wrongly Awarded, Patent Owner Tells Federal Circuit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal judge in California, assigned to a patent case after it had already been closed, erred in granting a Google LLC request for attorney fees to the tune of $191,302.18 and in subsequently sanctioning counsel for the patent owner $63,525.30, the patent owner tells the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • May 15, 2024

    PUMA Design Patent Claim Survives Early Challenge In Washington

    SEATTLE — A motion for judgment on the pleadings by Brooks Sports Inc. was partly granted May 14 when a federal judge in Washington ordered a purported trademark licensor to be joined to an infringement action initiated by a rival athletic footwear company.