The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a California jury’s finding that crosswalk signal maker Campbell Co. willfully infringed rival Polara Engineering’s patent, but the appellate court erased a $1 million enhanced damages award after concluding it wasn’t fully explained by the lower judge. The circuit panel agreed with the jury’s June 2016 decision that Polara’s patent wasn’t invalidated by prior art or the fact that the company tested out the system publicly more than a year before submitting its patent application. But the panel took issue with U.S. District Judge Douglas F. McCormick’s March 2017 decision to enhance the jury’s $653,841 damage award by $1 million for willful infringement. The judge’s decision lacked reasoning and also ignored the fact Campbell made a reasonable case for public use invalidation, Tuesday’s precedential opinion said. Law360 quotes "The district court awarded almost the maximum amount of enhanced damages, but did not adequately explain its [...]
One LLP won a landmark Ninth Circuit victory in a copyright infringement suit addressing the limits of the DMCA in online infringement. One LLP prevailed for its client, celebrity photo company Mavrix Photographs and secured a reversal of the case's dismissal with a ruling that the case must go to trial. The MPAA provided an amicus brief on Mavrix's behalf and the case sets an important new precedent in the Ninth Circuit. Among others, the Wall Street Journal and Hollywood Reporter have profiled One LLP's copyright case.
Attorneys Larry Hilton & Molly Magnuson obtained a complete defense verdict after a multi-week jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Driven Brands, Inc. and Econo Lube N’ Tune, LLC. Plaintiffs in the case alleged both contract and fraud-based claims against Driven Brands and Econo Lube concerning a Meineke Car Care Centers/Econo Lube N’ Tune franchise. The jury returned a defense verdict on all claims check over here. Larry Hilton was lead trial counsel, while Molly Magnuson also had a key role in the trial. Joanne Ardalan handled much of the pre-trial and discovery along with paralegal Lauren Thomas and intern Madison Allan.
One LLP Partners Nate Dilger and Chris Arledge Secure Complete Victory and Awarded Full Royalty Damages for Client in Patent Infringement Lawsuit
Yesterday, a federal jury handed One LLP and its client Polara Engineering a complete victory in its long-running patent infringement lawsuit against Polara's competitor Campbell Company. The patent at issue related to accessible pedestrian crosswalk systems, which are specially designed systems that provide multiple audible, visual, and vibro-tactile indications to allow pedestrians - including those having visual or hearing impairments - to safely navigate pedestrian crosswalks. The lawsuit had been pending for over three years prior to the 9-day jury trial in Orange County Federal District Court. After closing arguments, the jury spent less than a day deliberating before returning its verdict, rejecting each of Campbell's invalidity challenges, which included anticipation, obviousness, and prior use defenses. The jury also rejected Campbell's enforceability defense based on alleged inequitable conduct. For Polara, the jury agreed that Campbell's infringement of the Polara patent was indeed willful and awarded Polara the full measure of [...]
Chris Arledge, Peter Afrasiabi and Jo Ardalan secure a $2 million federal court jury verdict in a trademark counterfeiting case for client Kaloud, Inc. in the Central District of California.
One LLP Beverly Hills Big firms are great at what they do, said One LLP co-founder Chris Arledge, but they price themselves out of a lot of case work with large staffs, high billable rates and other ballooning costs. “We wanted to fill that void,” Arledge said. One LLP is a boutique intellectual property law firm with a staff of less than 30 attorneys who have worked at some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious firms. Together they handle all facets of intellectual property law including trademark, copyright, patent, licensing and transaction and intellectual property counseling. With their combined experience, they have navigated decades of high-profile intellectual disputes and transactions for companies ranging from Fortune 500 businesses to individuals. Their clients have included Kelly Blue Book, Pacific Sunwear, University of Southern California, New York Times bestseller Chester Elton, Broadcom, Abbot Labs and QLogic. “What we have done is [...]
Four One LLP Partners Selected as 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers Partners Peter Afrasiabi, Chris Arledge, Lester Savit and John Tehranian and have been selected for inclusion on the 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers list for their work in intellectual property litigation. John and Chris have been named Super Lawyers for two consecutive years, Peter for four consecutive years, and Lester for six years. Super Lawyers is a rating service of the top five percent of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
One LLP Partner Chris Arledge represented defendant X17, a Hollywood photography company that publishes celebrity news and photographs, in a lawsuit filed by sobriety coach Peter Dice. X17 photographers and videographers recorded an interaction between celebrity Lindsay Lohan, Mr. Dice and another man. In the video, Mr. Dice showed Ms. Lohan and her companion a small plastic baggie. X17 published the video, photographs and an accompanying story on its website. Mr. Dice alleged that the story implied Ms. Lohan was buying drugs from him. Mr. Dice sued for defamation and for violation of his privacy and publicity rights. The lawsuit sought more than one million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages. During trial, Mr. Arledge impeached Mr. Dice with his prior inconsistent statements to undermine the plaintiff’s damages case. This strategy succeeded, as the jury awarded only $10,000 to the plaintiff, a tiny fraction of the amount sought.
Founding Partner John Tehranian will serve on the panel, “Taking Your Brand to the Next Level: Licensing, Celebrity Branding & Protecting it All” at the MAGIC Conference in Las Vegas, NV on February 17, 2016. John, along with other panelists, will discuss the necessary steps fashion companies can take to protect their brand, maximize its goodwill and prevent it from being counterfeited or knocked-off. The presentation will also provide attendees with a primer on the licensing and protection of marks and the practical considerations in partnering with a celebrity to increase opportunities in sales and marketing.Watch Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download MAGIC is the global pillar for fashion tradeshows that covers the top hottest brands in men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel and accessories, footwear and resources. With 85 years of experience and attendance from over 120 countries, MAGIC moves fashion forward globally.