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Case TitleLegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C. v. United States Patent & Trademark Office
DistrictNorthern District of California
CitySan Francisco
Case Number3:2019cv05935
Date Filed2019-09-23
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge William Alsup
PlaintiffLegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C.
Case DescriptionLegal Force RAPC Worldwide, a law firm specializing in filing U.S. trademark applications, submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for records concerning why Sapp, another company, received preferential treatment compared to other trademark firms. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency ultimately denied the request under Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy). RAPC filed an administrative appeal. RAPC also filed an appeal with the Office of Government Information Services. The agency acknowledged receipt of the appeal. The agency then denied the appeal based on Exemption 6. RAPC then filed suit.
Complaint issues: Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUnited States Patent & Trademark Office
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2019-09-231COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief for Violation of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC 552 against United States Patent & Trademark Office ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-13729303.). Filed byLegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(Abhyanker, Raj) (Filed on 9/23/2019) (Entered: 09/23/2019)
2019-09-242Proposed Summons. (Abhyanker, Raj) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-243Certificate of Interested Entities by LegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C. re 1 Complaint, (Abhyanker, Raj) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-244CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by LegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C... (Abhyanker, Raj) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-245ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options (Abhyanker, Raj) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-246ERRATA re 1 Complaint, fixing the Case Number per request of Clerk to remove initials MMC for random assignment by LegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C.. (Abhyanker, Raj) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-247ERRATA re 5 ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b)of discussion of ADR options fixing the Case Number per request of Clerk to remove initials MMC for random assignment by LegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C.. (Abhyanker, Raj) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-248ERRATA re 4 Consent/Declination to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge fixing the Case Number per request of Clerk to remove initials MMC for random assignment by LegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C.. (Abhyanker, Raj) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-249ERRATA re 3 Certificate of Interested Entities fixing the Case Number per request of Clerk to remove initials MMC for random assignment by LegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C.. (Abhyanker, Raj) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-2410ERRATA re 2 Proposed Summons fixing the Case Number per request of Clerk to remove initials MMC for random assignment by LegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C.. (Abhyanker, Raj) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-2411Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at http://cand.uscourts.gov/ecf/caseopening. Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges. Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 10/8/2019. (as, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-2412Initial Case Management Scheduling Order with ADR Deadlines: Case Management Statement due by 12/19/2019. Initial Case Management Conference set for 12/26/2019 01:30 PM in San Francisco, Courtroom F, 15th Floor. (slhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-2413Summons Issued as to United States Patent & Trademark Office. (slhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/24/2019) (Entered: 09/24/2019)
2019-09-2614CLERK'S NOTICE OF IMPENDING REASSIGNMENT TO A U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE: The Clerk of this Court will now randomly reassign this case to a District Judge because either (1) a party has not consented to the jurisdiction of a Magistrate Judge, or (2) time is of the essence in deciding a pending judicial action for which the necessary consents to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction have not been secured. You will be informed by separate notice of the district judge to whom this case is reassigned. ALL HEARING DATES PRESENTLY SCHEDULED BEFORE THE CURRENT MAGISTRATE JUDGE ARE VACATED AND SHOULD BE RE-NOTICED FOR HEARING BEFORE THE JUDGE TO WHOM THIS CASE IS REASSIGNED. This is a text only docket entry; there is no document associated with this notice. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/26/2019) (Entered: 09/26/2019)
2019-09-2615ORDER, Case Reassigned using a proportionate, random, and blind system pursuant to General Order No. 44 to Judge William Alsup for all further proceedings. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley no longer assigned to the case. Notice: The assigned judge participates in the Cameras in the Courtroom Pilot Project. See General Order No. 65 and http://cand.uscourts.gov/cameras.. Signed by The Clerk on 9/26/19. (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Eligibility for Video Recording)(haS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/26/2019) (Entered: 09/26/2019)
2019-09-2616CLERK'S NOTICE SCHEDULING CMC ON REASSIGNMENT: Case Management Statement due by 1/9/2020. Initial Case Management Conference set for 1/16/2020 11:00 AM in San Francisco, Courtroom 12, 19th Floor. Standing orders can be downloaded from the Court's webpage at www.cand.uscourts.gov/whaorders. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (tlhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/26/2019) (Entered: 09/26/2019)
2019-09-2717SUMMONS Returned Executed by LegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C.. United States Patent & Trademark Office served on 9/26/2019, answer due 11/25/2019. (Ma, Wensheng) (Filed on 9/27/2019) (Entered: 09/27/2019)
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