Monday, August 04, 2014

(BN) OurPet’s, Victoria’s Secret, Apple: Intellectual Privacy

(Bloomberg ) OurPet's Co., an Ohio-based producer of pet products and accessories, said in a statement that it has settled an infringement dispute with a competitor over a patent for a simulated toy mouse with a prerecorded sound chip.

The suit over the pet toy was filed April 30 in federal court in Cleveland. Our Pet's said Boss Pet Products of Ohio's Cuyahoga County was importing and selling a toy mouse that infringed patent 6,371,053.

Terms of the settlement weren't disclosed in OurPet's statement or in the court filing dismissing the case. OurPet's has filed four infringement suits related to this patent since 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The case is Our Pet's Co. v. Boss Pet Products Inc., 14-cv-00936, U.S. District court, Northern District of Ohio (Cleveland).


Victoria's Secret Barred From Using 'Pink' Trademark in U.K.

Thomas Pink Ltd., LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (MC)'s London-based luxury clothing retailer, prevailed in a U.K. trademark dispute with L Brands Inc. (LB)'s Victoria's Secret, the Guardian reported.

The high court said the lingerie chain's use of "pink" in connection with "sexy, mass-market appeal" underwear could harm the reputation of the Thomas Pink brand, which was named for an 18th-century British tailor, according to the Guardian.


LVMH's Benefit Cosmetics Sued by Artist Over Wallpaper Patterns

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA's Benefit Cosmetics unit was sued for copyright infringement by an artist who designs wallpaper patterns.

In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Sydney Albertini of East Hampton, New York, accused Benefit of infringing her original wallpaper design. Albertini said Benefit bought 120 rolls of her "Southern Flowers" wallpaper and had the pattern copied by a manufacturer. Benefit also incorporated the pattern into its marketing materials without permission, according to Albertini.

Albertini is seeking "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in damages and an award of "potentially millions of dollars in profits" that she said Benefit has reaped as a result of the alleged infringement.

The case is Albertini v. Benefit Cosmetics LLC, 14-cv-05798, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

Yahoo Challenges German Copyright Law on Constitutional Grounds

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), the Sunnyvale, California-based Internet media company, challenged a law in Germany that expanded copyright protection for news content used on the Internet, the Associated Press reported.

The year-old law permits only the use of single words or small text passages without the payment of royalties, AP said.

Yahoo said in a filing to Germany's Federal Constitutional Court that the law places unconstitutional limits on freedom of information, according to the AP.

Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage

Russia Says It Seeks Apple, SAP Source Code to Prevent Spying

Russia suggested that Apple Inc. (AAPL) and SAP SE give the government access to source code for their most widely used products so it may determine that the code isn't used for spying on state institutions, the Telegraph reported.

Russia's communications ministry said in a statement that it was making the request to ensure the privacy rights of consumers and corporate users and to protect state security interests, according to the Telegraph.

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