Amarillo Natives Hold San Diego Padres’ Double A Affiliate Team Name Hostage

by Josh H. Escovedo
The IP Law Blog

The San Diego Padres recently took control of the Amarillo minor league baseball organization. The organization will serve at the Padres’ Double A affiliate. In the spirit of new beginnings, the organization recently held a public naming contest to determine its new mascot. After the contest had concluded, the Sod Poodles were selected as the new mascot.

Unfortunately, it appears that Panhandle Baseball Club, Inc., the entity that owns and operates the Amarillo Sod Poodles,

Read More

TTAB’s Refusal To Register Trademark Reveals Important Lesson For Trademark Attorneys

by Scott M. Hervey
The IP Law Blog

The Trademark Trial and Appeals Board’s recent ruling in In re Productos Verde Valle, S.A. de C.V. upholding a trademark examiner’s refusal to register the mark SONIA for “sauces; chili sauce; hot sauce” holds a lesson for those of us that regularly advise clients on the registrability (and usability) of trademarks.  Assuming Verde Valle conducted a trademark search, it’s very likely (if not certain) that the word mark SONIA SONI LIFE IS A RECIPE for “spices,

Read More

Mandatory AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Supervisor Best Practices and Legal Compliance Training

Paper clipping of the word Training

Mandatory AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

The regulations regarding California’s Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for supervisors require that certain employers provide training to their supervisors every two years.

The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin is offering a two hour in-person training session that will comply with all the requirements outlined in the regulations including things like:

  • An overview of sexual harassment laws
  • Examples of conduct that constitute sexual harassment
  • Strategies to prevent harassment in the workplace
  • Lawful supervisory responses to complaints of harassment in the workplace
  • Training on prevention of “abusive conduct”

Read More

IP Challenges Again Take the Stage at the U.S. Supreme Court

by Jo Dale Carothers, Ph.D.
The IP Law Blog

Intellectual property disputes will again take their place on stage at the U.S. Supreme Court this term when the court addresses at least two IP questions.  1.  Can the government challenge patents under the America Invents Act (“AIA”)?  2. Do trademark licenses survive Chapter 11 bankruptcy?  These questions are presented in two cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court just granted certiorari:  Return Mail, Inc. v. U.S. Postal Service, et al. and Mission Product Holdings,

Read More

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation ranked in 2019 "Best Law Firms"


Sacramento, CA, United States, November 1, 2018 — U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the ninth consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings.

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 21 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms”

Read More

Attorney Beth West quoted in Sacramento Business Journal


Beth West quoted in the Sacramento Business Journal article entitled “Beyond Gig Economy, Dynamex Decision Leaves Industries in FLUX.”   Early this year, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Dynamex Operations W. v. Superior L.A. County and adopted the strict ABC Test when determining whether someone qualifies as an independent contractor for purposes of wage and hour requirements in California’s Wage Orders.

If you are a business with independent contractors and are uncertain if you meet the criteria for determining whether your workers are properly classified as employees versus independent contractors,

Read More

Trademark Registration and the Presumption of Secondary Meaning

by James Kachmar
The IP Law Blog

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was recently tasked with reviewing determinations made by the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) relating to trade infringement claims brought by Converse, Inc. with regard to a number of imported shoes that it alleged infringed on one of its trademarks. Although Converse sneakers have had largely the same appearance since the 1930s, Converse registered a trademark in 2013 relating to the design of its midsole and the toe cap/bumpers on its shoes. 

Read More

Ordering Pizza is Not Patentable!

by Audrey A. Millemann
The IP Law Blog

Some things are not patentable: laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas.  The Supreme Court has long held that inventions falling within these categories are not patentable; they are patent-ineligible subject matter.  In 2014, the Supreme Court relied on this principle in deciding Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347.  In that case, the Court invalidated patent for a computerized system for mitigating risks in financial transactions.

Read More