The State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section will host a USPTO AIA Roundtable program at Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, Michigan on April 24, 2014 beginning at 1:00 PM. The Section will host a reception for the PTAB judges and USPTO representatives from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Law School, 2630 Featherstone Road.
This year’s roundtable program will focus on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Inter Partes Review and Covered Business Method administrative challenge proceedings. The program will include information about the new AIA trials including statistics, lessons learned, and techniques for successful motions practice. The PTAB is especially interested in receiving feedback about the trials and will feature a panel discussion to elicit public input. At each roundtable, at least five administrative patent judges will participate and be available for questions and conversation.
More information about the program is available on the USPTO PTAB microsite.
INC. Magazine’s April 2014 issue identifies the 20 most innovative cities in the U.S., based on patents issued and presence of “innovation clusters” in specific technical fields. The On-line version of the article is HERE.
Choon’s Design LLC v. Zenacon, LLC, Case No. 13-13568 (2014 WL 1400104) (E.D. Mich. April 10, 2014).
A plaintiff in five different patent infringement cases pending before different judges in the district moved to reassign the cases to a single judge under Local Rule 83.11(b), citing the evident docket and judicial efficiency that would result from bringing the actions before the same judge. District Judge Patrick J. Duggan denied the motion. First, Duggan held that although Local Rule 83.11(b) permits reassignment of cases sua sponte, the rule “does not provide for, or invite, motions by counsel.” Second, Judge Duggan noted that the cases were not suited for reassignment to a single judge in any event, because they involved somewhat differing claims and issues and were at different stages of litigation. [click to continue…]
Last year we reported on a copyright suit filed by local photographer Brian Masck against former U-M Football great Desmond Howard, Sports Illustrated, and others for infringing the copyright to Masck’s iconic photograph of Howard striking a “Heisman” pose during a touchdown celebration. The suit led to Howard’s tweet expressing disbelief that someone was suing him over a photograph of himself. See prior stories here and here.
Today Howard and Masck announced a settlement of claims against Howard. The settlement apparently includes the assignment of the copyright to the photograph to Howard. More details Here.