DJ Lawson Grants Closely Tailored Permanent Injunction In Trademark Dispute Despite Lack Of Actual Damages Or Intent To Infringe

March 19, 2014

CFE Racing Products, Inc. v. BMF Wheels, Inc., No. 11-13744, 2014 WL 700476 (E.D. Mich. Feb 24, 2014). In a recent case, U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson granted a permanent injunction in favor of a trademark owner, despite a jury verdict that the plaintiff suffered no monetary damages from the alleged use. Applying the […]

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Four New Judges Confirmed for ED Michigan

March 12, 2014

On March 11,  the U.S. Senate confirmed four (yes, four) nominees to be District Judges on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. All four confirmation votes were unanimous. Judith Ellen Levy is formerly an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District, and most recently was Chief of the Civil Rights Unit. […]

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IPLS Announces Stellar 2014 Mackinac IP Summer Insititute Program

March 7, 2014

Although it looks like the snow piles will be with us for a while, it is time to start thinking about summer lakeshore breezes, horse drawn carriages, and (of course) the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section’s annual IP Summer Institute. This year will mark the 40th anniversary for the event and the […]

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DJ Goldsmith Adds Time For Patentee To Select Representative Claims

March 5, 2014

Joao Control and Monitoring Systems, Inc. v. Ford Motor Co., Case No. 13-CV-13615, 2014 WL 645246 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 19, 2014). In a recent order, U.S. District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith issued a timetable for a plaintiff to identify the patent claims it was asserting against an accused infringer. The Court structured the order to […]

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TO BE RESCHEDULED: USPTO Officials To Discuss AIA Patent Pro Bono Initiative March 4

March 2, 2014

UPDATE:  Due to Weather-Related Flight Cancellations, This Program Will Be Rescheduled To A Date In April. The Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA), in cooperation with the Grand Rapids Bar Association IP Section, will be co-hosting a special event with Mr. John Calvert and Ms. Sue Purvis, of the USPTO Office of Innovation Development, on Tuesday, March 4. […]

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DJ Berg Dismisses Inequitable Conduct Counts For Failure To Plead With Particularity Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b)

February 25, 2014

Drew Technologies, Inc. v. Robert Bosch, L.L.C., Case No. 12-15622, 2014 WL 562458 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 13, 2014). Drew Technologies filed suit against Robert Bosch LLC and affiliates for infringement of four patents relating to on-board information displays in vehicles. Bosch filed an answer and counterclaim alleging inequitable conduct as both an affirmative defense and […]

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CAFC Splits 6-4 Over Retaining Cybor Rule

February 24, 2014

In a February 20 en banc decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit considered the proper standard for reviewing a district court’s claim interpretation. The court ruled 6-4 to retain its controversial de novo review standard, which considers claim construction afresh without deference to the district court’s ruling. In a strongly worded […]

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State Bar IT Section Announces
Edward F. Langs Writing Competition

February 14, 2014

The  Information Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan has announced that it is accepting entries for the 2014 Edward F. Langs Writing Award, an annual essay competition sponsored by the Section. A total of up to $3,000 is divided among up to six winning student essays, and the essays are published in the Section’s […]

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SBM IPLS Spring IP Seminar To Present Top-Notch Speakers, Timely Topics

January 31, 2014

Registration is open for the 2014 State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property Law Section Spring IP Seminar, which will be held Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. In addition to the usual USPTO representatives, who will report on developments at the Office, including continued implementation of the AIA, speakers will […]

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Spring IP in Paris

January 30, 2014

Detroit once was know as the “Paris of the West.”  However, if you are looking for an excuse to visit the real Paris, you might consider an upcoming program being offered by the California Lawyers for the Arts: Lights on Paris:  Intellectual Property and Cultural Policies in the Digital Age. The program will run from March 30 […]

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