WASHINGTON, D.C. - An inventor's attempt to patent a combination of coffee grounds and honey for the treatment of certain viral illnesses was properly rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found June 8 (In re: Gilbert Gee, No. 15-1145, Fed. Cir.).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on June 5 dismissed a state unfair competition law (UCL) claim from a dispute over whether an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions provider disseminated marketing materials disparaging the quality of the plaintiff's mobile data and device management technologies but allowed claims brought under the Lanham Act to continue (Good Technology Corp., et al. v. MobileIron Inc., No. 12-5826, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73271).
DETROIT - A patent dispute between two competitors in the field of video management software and systems will proceed, a Michigan federal judge ruled June 5 (JDS Technologies Inc. v. Avigilon USA Corporation Inc. and Avigilon Corp., No. 15-10385, E.D. Mich.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73217).
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A declaratory judgment defendant's counterclaim of inequitable conduct was dismissed June 5 by a Florida federal judge (Chico's Fas Inc. v. Andrea Clair et al., No. 13-792 M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73052).
LOS ANGELES - Efforts by photographer Barry Rosen, who previously sued eBay Inc. over its "Verified Rights Owner" (VERO) program (Barry Rosen v. eBay Inc. and Does 1 through 1000, No. 07-7531, C.D. Calif.), to subpoena the online auction site pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) were partly thwarted by a California federal magistrate judge on June 5 (In re: DMCA Subpoena to eBay Inc., No. 15-922, S.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73341).
SAN FRANCISCO - Despite prevailing on allegations that it infringed the "Fitbug" trademark, Fitbit Inc. was denied an award of attorney fees June 5 by a California federal judge (Fitbug Ltd. v. Fitbit Inc., No. 13-1418, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73325).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Florida federal judge erred denying a motion to dismiss, on standing grounds, a dispute over a prosthetic liner patent, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled June 5 (Alps South LLC v. The Ohio Willow Wood Company, Nos. 13-1452, -1488, 14-1147, -1426, Fed. Cir.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate and remand an earlier reversal by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals of a Florida federal judge's claim construction in light of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. (135 S. Ct. 831 ), the Federal Circuit on June 2 held firm, again rejecting the constructions (Shire Development LLC, et al. v. Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al., No. 13-1409, Fed. Cir.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board properly sustained an opposition by Swatch AG of a trademark application for "iWatch" on grounds that the applicant lacked a bona fide intent to use the mark in commerce, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled June 4 (M.Z. Berger & Co. Inc. v. Swatch AG, No. 14-1219, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 9276).
NEW YORK - Google Inc. moved in New York federal court on June 1, seeking to compel three movie studios to comply with discovery subpoenas served on them in a lawsuit in Mississippi federal court in which Google asserts constitutional violations in Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's investigation of it under the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) (Google Inc. v. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., et al., No. 1:15-cv-00150, S.D. N.Y.).
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on June 3 limited the testimony of a damages expert in a patent dispute, directed the expert to file an amended total royalty analysis and questioned the expert's qualifications, reserving ruling on whether he is qualified until he is questioned at trial (Chico's Fas, Inc. v. Andrea Clair, et al., No. 2:13-cv-792, M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71716).
TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on June 1 held that there are material issues of fact to be determined by a trier of fact regarding whether an insurer is estopped from denying coverage for underlying copyright infringement claims brought against a designer of pre-drawn home plans (State National Insurance Company Inc. v. Highland Holdings Inc., et al., No. 8:14-cv-00524, M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70616).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Finding no error in a rejection by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of a petition to cancel the "Colorworx" trademark, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 3 affirmed (Joel Beling v. Ennis Inc., No. 15-1157, Fed. Cir.).
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A dispute over paperboard cars used by a restaurant to serve children's meals will proceed without a copyright infringement claim, a Kansas federal judge ruled June 2 (Kid Stuff Marketing Inc. v. Creative Consumer Concepts Inc. et al., No. 15-2620, D. Kan.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70779).
MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on June 1 agreed with two declaratory judgment patent infringement plaintiffs that a defendant's counterclaims of patent infringement fail to demonstrate sufficient intent or knowledge of the patents in suit (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC v. Nissim Corp., No. 14-81349; Paramount Pictures Corp. v. Nissim Corp., No. 14-81350, S.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70467).
NORFOLK, Va. - Efforts by a patent infringement defendant and inequitable conduct counterclaimant to recoup its attorney fees in connection with the litigation were unsuccessful on June 1 (Certusview Technologies LLC v. S&N Locating Services LLC et al., No. 13-346, E.D. Va.).
LAS VEGAS - A request for an indicative ruling that would reconsider his earlier dismissal, on jurisdiction grounds, of a dispute over the "MacPoker" trademark was denied June 1 by a Nevada federal judge (Best Odds Corp. v. iBus Media et al., No. 13-2008, D. Nev.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70509).
ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 28 affirmed a lower federal court's ruling that commercial general liability coverage exists for an underlying trade dress infringement claim against a restaurant insured, further finding that the court properly determined the amount of attorney fees awarded to the insured (Maiden Specialty Insurance Co. v. Three Chefs and a Chicken, Inc., et al., No. 14-11574, 11th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8804).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Finding no secondary meaning in a psychologist's name, a California appeals panel on May 27 affirmed a trial court's dismissal of her trademark claims against Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., also affirming the lower court's discovery rulings and denial of a motion to file an amended complaint (Carla Ison v. Google Inc., et al., No. H039439, Calif. App., 6th Dist.; 2015 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3667).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on May 29 granted without prejudice a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement and federal unfair competition lawsuit for lack of personal jurisdiction (Appjigger GmbH v. BLU Products Inc. et al., No. 14-9650, N.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69477).
MARSHALL, Texas - Allegations that a defendant infringed a patented method and system for providing incentive awards programs over a computer network were rejected on summary judgment on May 29 (Kroy IP Holdings LLC v. Safeway Inc., No. 12-800, E.D. Texas; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69363).
WILMINGTON, Del. - Citing "loser pays" language in a 1991 agreement, a Delaware federal judge on May 27 deemed Medtronic Inc. entitled to an award of all attorney fees and costs it incurred in bringing a declaratory judgment patent noninfringement lawsuit in 2007 (Medtronic Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. et al., No. 07-823, D. Del.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68009).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on May 26 granted certification of a nationwide class in a lawsuit asserting that Yahoo Inc. violated the Stored Communications Act (SCA) by scanning the emails of people that are not subscribers of its Yahoo Mail service (In Re Yahoo Mail Litigation, No. 5:13-cv-04980, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68585).
MADISON, Wis. - Although conceding that a defendant's counterclaims and affirmative defenses are "probably" "technically insufficient," a Wisconsin federal judge on May 27 nonetheless denied a plaintiff's motion to dismiss and/or strike (Nouis Technologies Inc. v. Polaris Industries Inc., No. 14-233, W.D. Wis.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68128).