Last Month in Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is only becoming a more relevant field as the digital age surges. Major corporations are doing their best to stay current and keep their products up to date with customers fast changing needs and wants. This sometimes causes issues with copyright, like the suit with Samsung and Apple and some of these other fascinating cases in the industry right now.

Also on the blog this week:

Patents, innovation and The Economist

Find out about the research for the 2016 IP

US copyright litigation report reveals file
sharing cases now outnumber all others

denied another bite of the Apple

The Federal Circuit on Thursday denied
Samsung’s petition for an en banc rehearing of the
case it decided in May. Samsung wanted a rehearing of the part
of the verdict related to Apple’s design patents,
which accounts for about $400 million of the $548 million in
damages Samsung must still pay Apple from their first trial,
according to the San Jose Mercury News

Samsung argued that the court was wrong to allow damages to
be based on its whole profit rather than a part of it.

The Federal Circuit still has to rule on a second trial that
involves Apple’s patents.
According to Bloomberg
there are two appeals in that case,
one involving the underlying liability finding and one
involving the issue of whether Apple is entitled to an order
blocking sales of some Samsung products.

The IP angle to
Google’s Alphabet

The technology media went into meltdown this week with
Google’s formation of a holding company called

Its choice of domain for the new company’s
website –
– attracted attention.
According to The Domains
, the new gTLD .xyz saw nearly
20,000 domain names registered in the two days after the
announcement. The gTLD had been getting about 3,000 new
registrants a day up to then.

It also turns out that many other companies had thought of
the name Alphabet before Google did.
According to Business Insider
, BMW is looking into whether
Google infringed any trade mark rights. BMW’s
Alphabet provides services to companies with vehicle

Business Insider quoted a BMW spokeswoman as saying: “”We
are examining whether there are any implications over trade

Some 103 trade mark registration in the US include the word

The lady is not for

A judge has ruled against Pom Wonderful for a second time,

reports The Packer
. Judge Margaret Morrow of the Central
District of California denied the drink maker’s
request for an injunction against Pur Beverages on August 6, a
repeat of her ruling in January 2014.

The Ninth Circuit of Appeals had sent the case back for
rehearing, saying that Morrow had abused her discretion when
she concluded Pom did not deserve a preliminary injunction.
Circuit Judge David Ebel said at the time: “The district
court’s likelihood-of-confusion finding leaves us
with the definite and firm conviction that a mistake has been

The Packer also reports that the owner of Pur Beverages,
Robert Hubbard, is pursuing a trade mark cancellation against
Pom, claiming it has abandoned the Pom trade mark because it
has replaced the letter “O” with a heart.

UK police claim anti-piracy win

The City of London Police’s Intellectual
Property Crime Unit (Pipcu) says it has “almost entirely”
stopped UK campaigns by the car, food and drink, and property
industries being placed on illegal web pages, reports the

Operation Creative was launched by Pipcu in 2013. The scheme
involves a blacklist that is shared with advertisement brokers
whose software determines the placement of ads.

Pipcu said there has been a 73% drop in advertising from the
top ad spending companies’ on the affected

However, one specialist interviewed by the BBC said the
strategy “does not tackle the underlying problem”. The
specialist said: “[I]f a few [advertising] sectors do indeed
pull out, others will automatically take their place, and the
effect on the website’s income may be negligible.”

Uber case driven back to
state court

A trade secrets case against ride sharing service Uber has
been remanded back to San Francisco Superior Court by the
Northern District of California,
according to Orrick’s NorCal IP Blog

The action was brought by Kevin Halpern and Celluride
Wireless earlier this year, claiming Uber stole its mobile
ride-sharing technology and asserting claims for trade secret
misappropriation, breach of contract conversion and declaratory

Uber had scored a victory when a judge agreed with
Uber’s argument that the plaintiffs claim for
conversion was essentially a claim for copying falling under
the Copyright Act.

“Uber’s victory was ultimately short lived,
though,” Orrick explained. “In their reply brief, the
Plaintiffs agreed to dismiss their conversion claim if Judge
White found pre-emption. Judge White obliged, and dismissed the
Plaintiffs’ conversion claim with prejudice
– and with it, Judge White also dismissed the sole
basis for federal jurisdiction. Finding there was no remaining
basis to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the
plaintiffs’ remaining claims, Judge White then
remanded the action (including the plaintiffs’
remaining state law claims) back to San Francisco Superior

In our news this week:

Davies Collison Cave opens Singapore

Former Qualcomm director of patents joins

Can you afford to litigate in the Unified
Patent Court?

Why brand owners need to improve

Dallas Buyers Club, poisonous priority &
UPC locations – news roundup

Twelve tips for identifying and developing
patents of value

“A truthful irrelevancy” – Bass
responds to Celgene accusations, files three IPRs

Federal Circuit finds direct infringement in
Akamai v Limelight remand

A high water mark for comparative

Data – US software patent suits being
filed at higher rate than in 2013

Federal Circuit hears arguments on ITC’s
authority over digital goods

Federal Circuit: ITC may act even when direct
infringement occurs after importation

PTAB data – petitions down in July
but spike in IPR settlements continues