James Otero

Steering Away From Confusion: Despite Advisory Jury Finding, Court Rules No Infringement of DRIVEWISE Trademark

Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, Allstate Insurance Co. v. Kia Motors America Inc., C.D. Cal. (December 22, 2017) (Judge James Otero)

In a recent trademark infringement case, Judge James Otero of the Central District of California recently went against an advisory jury opinion and found that the plaintiff, Allstate Insurance Corporation (“Allstate”), failed to show likelihood of consumer confusion. Allstate brought suit against Kia Motor Corporation (“Kia”) in 2016, alleging that its “Drivewise” trademark used in connection with a usage-based insurance program that allows insurers to lower or raise insurances rates based on driving performance was infringed by Kia’s “Drive Wise” driver assistance system, which includes features such as blind spot detection, lane keeping assistance, smart cruise control, and autonomous emergency braking. Following a trial, an advisory jury reached a verdict in favor of Allstate finding a likelihood of consumer confusion. READ MORE

Venue After TC Heartland – Attending a trade show or location of CEO’s abode not enough to prove “regular and established place of business”

We have been tracking how district courts have handled venue challenges in a post-TC Heartland[1] world, and have reported changes to some of the more popular patent venues, as well as a continuing split among district courts on whether TC Heartland provides grounds to raise new challenges. Another development we have noticed is the refining by District Courts of the patent venue statute’s phrase “regular and established place of business.” READ MORE