Chutzpah at the Northern District of Illinois: Toyo Tire v. Atturo Tire, 2021 WL 1853310, (Northern Dist. of IL, Eastern Div.) May 10, 2021. By James Michael Faier, M.P.P., M.B.A., J.D. (Reg. Patent Attorney 56731)
Between the lines I can hear Hon. Judge Mary Rowland scolding Toyo Tire in its case against Atturo Tire saying, you must be kidding me – you are twice sanctioned in this case for dragging your feet and now you want a certification under FRCP 54(b) so that you...read more
Today the USPTO sent out an email blast stating that citing to Covid and explaining how it has resulted in nonuse of a mark may be sufficient to meet the standard for excusable nonuse under Section 8 or 71 of a U.S.A. federal trademark act. In the life of a trademark...read more
Faier on IP Law: Personal Jurisdiction and Rubik’s Brand v. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations identified on Schedule A. 2021 WL 825668 (NDIL) March 4, 2021.
This is a great case that raises the thought provoking issue of personal jurisdiction in federal court in instances of trademark infringement. Plaintiff filed suit against 676 online sellers arguing that each infringed plaintiffs with regard to Rubik’s cube. We...read more
Faier on IP Law: Script Transform, LLC v. Motorola Mobility, 2021 WL 825666 – Venue in a Patent Matter. (NDIL) March 1, 2021.
This is a proceeding about venue. Motorola moved for dismissal under Federal Rule 12(b)(3) arguing that plaintiff lacked venue to bring its patent action in the Northern District of Illinois. The court granted the motion. Venue in a patent matter is governed by 28...read more
Faier on the Law: Going after Infringers, the Joinder / Misjoinder Problem of Harley-Davidson. I feel for you! H-D U.S.A., L.L.C. v. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A”, 2021 WL 780486. March 1, 2021.
So a month or so ago it was Hon. Judge Kennelly and on Monday, March 1, 2021, it was Hon. Judge Marvin E. Aspen who tried to explain to the bar that there are limitations on joining defendants in an action. Now, Judge Kennelly’s action was on patents. Judge...read more