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    Mealey's IP/Tech - Restaurant 'Adequately Alleges' Infringement Threat In Franchise Case, Judge Says

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Feb. 20 denied a motion to dismiss a franchise dispute involving two restaurants because the plaintiffs' amended complaint "adequately alleges" a threat of imminent use of a trademark that would constitute infringement (Jgx Inc. v. Jon Handlery, et al., No. 17-cv-00287-BLF, N.D. Calif.; 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27079).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - New York Federal Judge Denies Attorney Fee Award In Copyright Case

    NEW YORK - A voluntary dismissal by a copyright infringement plaintiff two months after filing suit did not render a defendant in the action a prevailing party, a New York federal judge ruled Feb. 22 (Matthew McDermott v. Monday Monday LLC, No. 17-9230, S.D. N.Y., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28664).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Rebuffs Google's Appeal Of Adverse Inter Partes Reviews

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Efforts by Google Inc. to cancel myriad claims of two data-monitoring patents continue to be unsuccessful, with the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 22 rejecting the software giant's appeal of a finding by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that the claims are patentable (Google LLC v. At Home Bondholders' Liquidating Trust, Nos. 16-2727, -2729, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - California Federal Judge Deems 'Major University' Claim False, Material

    SAN DIEGO - A supplement maker's claim that clinical study results on Lipozene were derived from a "major university study" were false, according to a Feb. 21 ruling by a California federal judge, because the study was not affiliated with a university (Obesity Research Institute LLC v. Fiber Research International LLC, No. 15-595, S.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28025).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Unfair Competition Claim Over Google AdWords Program Again Dismissed

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A small business owner who sued Google LLC over alleged misrepresentations about click fraud in its AdWords program, saw his claims of false advertising and unfair competition dismissed a second time Feb. 20, with a California federal judge finding that the plaintiff failed to plead the necessary economic injury to support his claims (Gurminder Singh v. Google LLC, No. 5:16-cv-03734, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27111).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - In Upholding Patent Board, Federal Circuit Sides With Google, Motorola

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that canceled all 79 patent claims as obvious was affirmed Feb. 20 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, marking a win for Google LLC and Motorola Mobility LLC (Arendi S.A.R.L. v. Google LLC, et al., No. 16-1249, Fed. Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 4016).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Support Wear Maker's UCL, Infringement Claims

    SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Feb. 15 denied a maternity wear company's motion for judgment on the pleadings, finding that it would be premature to dismiss another company's claims for trademark infringement and that its claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) was not preempted (Blanqi LLC v. Bao Bei Maternity, et al., No. 3:17-cv-05759, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26069).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Apple Again Seeks Inter Partes Review By Board Of Uniloc VoIP Patent

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In two petitions for inter partes review (IPR) filed Feb. 15, Apple Inc. asserts that various claims of a voiceover internet protocol (VoIP) patent are obvious under Section 103(a) of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 103(a), one year after the Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied without prejudice the software giant's bid to cancel claims of the same patent (Apple Inc. v. Uniloc USA Inc., Nos. IPR2018-00580 and IPR2018-00579, PTAB).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Divided 2nd Circuit: Assignment Did Not Confer Standing In Copyright Case

    NEW YORK - Allegations that John Wiley & Sons Inc. exceeded the terms of its license to use certain photographs in textbooks and other educational materials were properly rejected on summary judgment because the plaintiff in the action - a purported assignee of the photographers' rights to sue - lacks standing to maintain an infringement action, a divided Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 16 (John Wiley & Sons Inc. v. DRK Photo, No. 15-1134, 2nd Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 3758).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Sides With Coca-Cola, Deems Claims Patent-Ineligible

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Feb. 16 ruling, four patents directed to a specialized radio frequency identification (RFID) were confirmed by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals as unpatentable pursuant to Section 101 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 101 (Automated Tracking Solutions LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company, No. 17-1494, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Disputed Claim Construed By Federal Circuit; Validity Of Patent Confirmed

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Feb. 16 holding, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that although the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in omitting the word "average" from its claim construction of a disputed limitation, the board nonetheless correctly deemed three patents nonobvious over prior art combinations asserted by an appellant (Snap-On Inc. v. Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, Nos. 2017-1305, -1306, -1307, -1330, -1331, -1332, Fed. Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 3778).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Composer's Assignee Tells 2nd Circuit Italian Film Scores Were Not Works For Hire

    NEW YORK - Arguing about differences in Italian and U.S. copyright law, a composer's copyright assignee tells the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a Feb. 14 brief that a trial court incorrectly concluded that film scores written on commission in Italy are equivalent to works for hire in the United States (Ennio Morricone Music Inc. v. Bixio Music Group Ltd., No. 17-3595, 2nd Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Patent Board Sides With Petitioner, Cancels Claims Of Method Patent

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In a final written decision issued Feb. 13, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board deemed 17 claims of a patented method for making wireless payments unpatentable as obvious and anticipated pursuant to Sections 102 and 103 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 102, 103(a) (Askeladden LLC v. Purple Leaf LLC, No. IPR2016-01722, PTAB).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Trade Dress Defendant Loses Bid For New Trial In Washington Federal Court

    SEATTLE - In a Feb. 14 ruling, a Washington federal magistrate judge largely rejected efforts by a defendant to undo a December jury verdict of trade dress infringement, denying a request for a new trial but conditioning that denial upon a plaintiff's acceptance of a remittitur that would reduce damages in the case from $193,598 to $167,239 (National Products Inc. v. Arkon Resources Inc., No. 15-1553, W.D. Wash., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24436).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Plaintiff Partly Prevails In New York Copyright Dispute Over Embedded Tweets

    NEW YORK - Breitbart News Network, Time Inc. and other online publishers were dealt a blow Feb. 15 when a New York federal judge ruled that tweets embedded in news stories can form the basis of a copyright infringement claim (Justin Goldman v. Breitbart News Network Inc., et al., No. 17-3144, S.D. N.Y., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25215).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Patent Owner Tells Federal Circuit Obviousness Holding Was Erroneous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - An inventor squared off with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Feb. 12 during oral arguments before the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a dispute over the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's determination of obviousness (Richard Gramm v. Deere & Company, Nos. 17-1252, -1253, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Medtronic Tells Board 'Double Catheter' Patent Is Obvious, Anticipated

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In a Feb. 12 petition for inter partes review, Medtronic Inc. asserts that 12 claims of a patented "double catheter" and related method for placing an electrical lead in a lateral branch vein of a coronary sinus would have been obvious to a person of skill in the art (Medtronic Inc. v. Niazi Licensing Corporation, No. IPR2018-00609, PTAB).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - VidAngel Defends UCL, Antitrust Claims Against Studios To 9th Circuit

    SAN FRANCISCO - In its third appeal to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a copyright dispute with several movie studios, video-filtering service provider VidAngel Inc. argues that a trial court improperly dismissed its counterclaims under the Sherman Act and California's unfair competition law (UCL), despite its ample pleadings of the studios' collusive actions (Disney Enterprises Inc., et al. v. VidAngel Inc., No. 17-56665, 9th Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Hip Joint Maker Tells 10th Circuit Pink Trade Dress Is Protectable

    DENVER - A trial court incorrectly found the pink trade dress of its hip joint components to be functional, a trademark holder argues in a Feb. 9 brief to the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, seeking reversal of a judgment deeming its color pink trademark registrations unprotectable and not infringed (C5 Medical Werks LLC, et al. v. CeramTec GmbH, No. 17-1173, 10th Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Kentucky Federal Judge Denies Universal Music Bid To Dismiss Copyright Case

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Assertions by Universal Music Group Inc. that personal jurisdiction over it is lacking in Kentucky were rejected Feb. 13 by a Kentucky federal judge, who instead ruled that the copyright case against the music publisher can proceed for now (Leroy Mitchell v. Capitol Records LLC, et al., No. 15-174, W.D. Ky., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23351).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Parties Dispute Patent Validity In Oral Arguments Before Federal Circuit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A $12 million verdict on allegations of patent infringement was "fundamentally unfair," according to a defendant who presented its case to the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in oral arguments held Feb. 12 (Cave Consulting Group v. OptumInsight Inc., No. 17-1060, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Blind Patron, Domino's Debate Dismissal Of Website ADA Suit In 9th Circuit

    SAN FRANCISCO - A blind man who sued Domino's Pizza LLC for purportedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with a website that is inaccessible to the visually impaired tells the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a Feb. 9 reply brief that his complaint was improperly dismissed amid due process concerns despite the pizza chain's ample notice of its website accessibility obligations (Guillermo Robles v. Domino's Pizza LLC, No. 17-55504, 9th Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Rhode Island City Sues Intel For Meltdown, Spectre Security Vulnerabilities

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - The city of Providence, R.I., on Feb. 12 filed a consumer protection class action complaint against Intel Corp. in California federal court, charging the microprocessor chip manufacturer with unfair competition and warranty violations related to the recently discovered "Meltdown" and "Spectre" security vulnerabilities that can reportedly affect millions of computers and devices worldwide, resulting in the exposure of users' sensitive information (Providence v. Intel Corp., No. 5:18-cv-00894, N.D. Calif.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Appeal Of Ineligibility Ruling Submitted On The Briefs To Federal Circuit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A patent owner whose invention was declared ineligible for patent protection under Section 101 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 101, challenges the findings in a case that was submitted to the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on the briefs on Feb. 8 (Patrick Zuili v. Google Inc., Nos. 17-2161, -2258, -2267, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Upholds Noninfringement Finding In Nasonex Patent Case

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Delaware federal judge did not err in denying Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. a new trial on allegations that a proposed generic mometasone furoate nasal spray would infringe Merck's patent covering the nasal spray Nasonex, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 9 (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, No. 17-1560, Fed. Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 3169).