Intellectual property

Purdue balks at use of its brand in panned film

August 25, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University officials are asking their legal counsel to look into a new movie that makes frequent references to the school despite its refusal to grant permission to use official trademarks and logos.
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Aereo court ruling sidesteps cloud-computing questions

June 26, 2014
Bloomberg News
As Aereo Inc.’s streaming-TV service was dealt a potentially fatal blow Wednesday, the cloud-computing industry was more concerned about what the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t say.
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Trademark board rules against Redskins name

June 18, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.
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NCAA reaches $20M settlement of video game claims

June 9, 2014
Associated Press
The agreement was announced hours before the NCAA went to federal court in California to defend itself against a class-action lawsuit from former players over use of their images in broadcasts and video games.
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Patent lawsuits limited by Supreme Court in two rulings

June 2, 2014
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against patent holders in two cases Monday, rejecting a legal theory used to sue technology companies and requiring patents to be written with more specific language.
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EA Sports to settle with NCAA athletes for $40 million

June 2, 2014
Associated Press
The settlement is with Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Co., which licenses and markets college sports, and does not include the NCAA. A separate case against the Indianapolis-based NCAA is scheduled for trial early next year.
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Lilly trade-secret defendants released to home detention

April 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
The court noted that after the government filed a second indictment March 12, the trade-secret theft claims against Guoqing Cao and Shuyu Li were changed to wire fraud, and aiding and abetting and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
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Attorney sues hundreds over use of Indy skyline photo

April 9, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Attorney Richard Bell says he has found about 300 people using a photo on their websites that he took back in 2000. His aggressive litigation against them raises vital questions about fair use and theft in the Internet age.
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Patent ‘troll’ label gets Congress to ponder what’s in a name

April 2, 2014
Bloomberg News
"Troll" is a term without clear definition and yet it’s being used to push Congress and the Supreme Court to curb abusive litigation. Companies including Eli Lilly warn against damaging a centuries-old system designed to promote advances in science and industry.
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BidPal battles 'cybersquatter' over online domains

February 27, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based fundraising-software developer claims it is the victim of cybersquatting, according to a federal lawsuit it filed against InterMediaOne and InterMediaOne-AGM.
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Rival's lawsuit could delay launch of new Lilly insulin

January 31, 2014
J.K. Wall
Paris-based Sanofi sued Eli Lilly and Co. on Thursday for patent infringement. That suit triggers an automatic 30-month delay on Lilly’s plans to launch a similar version of Sanofi's once-a-day insulin Lantus.
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Man charged with trying to send Iran fighter-jet documents

January 13, 2014
Bloomberg News
Mozaffar Khazaee, a native of Iran who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1991 and recently moved to Indianapolis, was arrested before he was able to board a connecting flight to Frankfurt.
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Cummins sues T-shirt sellers for logo infringement

December 20, 2013
Bloomberg News
Cummins Inc., the Indiana-based maker of truck engines, has sued three named and 10 unnamed defendants for trademark infringement. The company claims the defendants are making and selling T-shirts bearing its trademarks without permission.
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Local restaurant owners settle case of pizzeria plagiarism

December 10, 2013
Dan Human
Napolese pizzeria and Crust Pizzeria Napoletana have quietly reached an agreement outside of court. Napolese owner Martha Hoover filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Crust owner Mohey Osman in October.
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Lawmakers considering more changes to patent laws

November 5, 2013
Bloomberg News
U.S. lawmakers, influenced by companies including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., Cisco Systems Inc. and Qualcomm Inc., are considering the second set of patent-law changes in three years as the courts try to race ahead of Congress.
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Fourteen at flea market face counterfeiting charges

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana State Excise Police seized thousands of counterfeit items at White's Sale Barn in Brookville, about 75 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
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Zimmer told to pay Stryker $228 million in patent case

August 8, 2013
Bloomberg News
Indiana-based Zimmer Holdings Inc., which lost a February trial against Stryker Corp. over a surgical device patent, was told to pay three times the jury award, plus other costs.
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NCAA to stop putting name, logo on video game

July 17, 2013
Associated Press
The move comes as the NCAA fights a lawsuit that demands the NCAA find a way to cut players in on the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales, video games and in other areas.
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Dispute over vehicle 'spy' device patent flashes into court

July 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A Carmel company that markets a device which plugs into a car’s diagnostic port to monitor the vehicle's performance has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against a better-known competitor.
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Landmark NCAA player-likeness case set to get underway

June 19, 2013
Bloomberg News
Plaintiffs say the case, which heads to court Thursday, may reduce the $6.4 billion in annual revenue that universities get from athletics by as much as 50 percent.
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Purdue: Student inventors own intellectual rights

February 8, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University is opening up intellectual property rights to student-inventors who make technological breakthroughs using university resources.
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Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess

November 19, 2012
Associated Press
Other companies are interested in bidding for at least pieces of Hostess because of the high brand recognition and $2.5 billion in annual revenue. Twinkies alone have brought in $68 million in revenue so far this year.
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Fishers company loses Marilyn Monroe court appeal

August 31, 2012
CMG Worldwide, an intellectual property licensing firm in Fishers, has lost a federal court appeal related to ownership of iconic images of Marilyn Monroe.
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Australian Gold sues to protect product name

April 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
Australian Gold LLC, the tanning salon products company led by Steve and Tomisue Hilbert, is in a trademark dispute with a Boston-based online retailer over the trade name Rue La La.
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Ball State skips on buying triple-x domain names

December 8, 2011
Associated Press
Unlike Indiana's other major colleges, Ball State University isn't trying to buy up possible school Internet domains names using a new suffix meant for pornography sites.
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