Federal Circuit Court Decisions For Week Ending November 15, 2019
In re Copeland-Smith, No. 2018-1968 (November 12, 2019) (nonprecedential); Trademark Application No. 85/498,107.
- Generic terms are generally not enough to distinguish a mark from another mark.
- Evidence of third-party use bears on the strength of a mark, but the third-party use must be in a related field of use.
Galperti, Inc. v. Galperti S.R.L., No. 2019-1150 (November 13, 2019) (nonprecedential); Trademark Reg. No. 3,411,812
Columbia Sportswear N.A., Inc. v. Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc., Nos. 2018-1329, 2018-1331, 2018-1728 (November 13, 2019) (precedential) (3-0); Patent Nos. 8,453,270, D657,093
- While the district court can find waiver based on litigation conduct, it can excuse waiver because of an intervening change in the law.
Koninklijke KPN N.V. v. Gemalto M2M GMBH., Nos. 2018-1863, 2018-1864, 2018-1865 (November 15, 2019) (precedential) (3-0); Patent Nos. 6,212,662
- A claim directed to improving the functionality of one tool (e.g., error checking device) in an existing system (e.g., data transmission error detection system) does not necessarily need to recite how that tool is applied in the overall system (e.g., to perform error detection) to constitute a technological improvement that is patent-eligible.