Ariel Investments, LLC v. Ariel Capital Advisors LLC, No. 15 C 3717, Slip OP. (N.D. Ill. Jul. 17, 2017) (Kennelly, J.).

Judge Kennelly granted in part plaintiff Ariel Investments’ Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(d) motion for costs in this Lanham Act case involving Ariel Investments’ ARIEL trademarks.

The Court granted defendant Ariel Capital summary

Green Pet Shop Enterprises, LLC v. Maze Innovations, Inc., No. 15 C 1138, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Dec. 28, 2016) (Kennelly, J.).

Judge Kennelly construed the disputed terms of plaintiff Green Pet Shop’s patents to a pressure-activated cooling pad for pets.  Of particular note, the Court held as follows:

  • The Court did not construe

Kosten v. Kosten, No. 16 C 6666, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Dec. 14, 2016) (Kennelly, J.).

Judge Kennelly denied in part defendant’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b) motion to dismiss plaintiff’s state law claims in this case involving copyright claims and generally relating to the sale of the parties’ Garden Row sauce business.

While

Bodum USA, Inc. v. A Top Casting Inc., No. 16 C 2916, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Aug. 23, 2016) (Kennelly, J.).

Judge Kennelly granted plaintiff Bodum’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss defendant A Top Casting’s declaratory judgment counterclaims in this trade dress dispute involving French press coffeemakers.

A Top Casting’s counterclaims

Ariel Investments, LLC v. Ariel Capital Advisors, LLC, No. 15 C 3717, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. May 16, 2016) (Kennelly, J.).

Judge Kennelly granted plaintiff Ariel Investments’ Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss defendant Ariel Capital’s fraud on the Patent & Trademark Office and abuse of process claims in this Lanham Act

Vehicle Intelligence & Safety LLC v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, No. 13 C 4417, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Sep. 18, 2014) (Hart, Sen. J.).

Judge Hart construed the claims of plaintiff’s patent to methods for screening equipment operators for impairments.  The parties agreed that “expert system(s)” was the key term that required construction.  The Court

Intercontinental Great Brands LLC v. Kellogg N. Am. Co., No. 13 C 321, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Sep. 22, 2014) (Kennelly, J.).

Judge Kennelly construed the terms in this patent dispute regarding repeatable food containers.  Of particular note, the Court held as follows:

  • “Sealing layer” was construed as being separate from the top

Cascades Computer Innovation, LLC v. Samsung Elecs. Co., Nos. 11 C 4574 & 11 C 6235, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Sep. 14, 2014) (Kennelly, J.).

Judge Kennelly granted in part defendants Samsung’s and HTC’s motions for summary judgment of patent exhaustion based upon a prior settlement agreement that plaintiff Cascades Computer Innovation (“Cascades”) previously