2012 September Archive

Puzo Estate Can’t Nix “Godfather” Copyright Contract With Paramount

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 28, 2012

book-stack Los Angeles – A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the estate of author Mario Puzo cannot get out of a 1969 contract granting Paramount Pictures Corp. the copyrights to Puzo’s “Godfather” novels. Read the rest »

Judge Shuts Down Bayer V. Dow Herbicide-Resistant Crop Patent Lawsuit

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 28, 2012

Patent ProtectionOrange County – Dow AgroSciences LLC on Thursday escaped Bayer CropScience AG’s patent infringement claims in Missouri federal court over a way to genetically engineer plants to withstand the use of a certain herbicide. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Apple Hopes To Patent Siri iPhone Voice Function

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 27, 2012

iphone-apps Los Angeles – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office unveiled a patent application continuation Thursday that Apple Inc. filed earlier this year seeking a patent for its Siri voice assistant feature on the iPhone. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

“Innocence Of Muslims” Actress Sues Google, YouTube For Copyright Infringement

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 27, 2012

mosque Los Angeles – An actress prominently featured in “Innocence of Muslims,” the anti-Muslim video disparaging Muhammad that set off violent protests worldwide, sued Google Inc. and YouTube LLC in Los Angeles federal court Wednesday, alleging copyright infringement in relation to their refusal to take down the video. Read the rest »

RJ Reynolds, Star Scientific Resolve Tobacco Patent Dispute

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 25, 2012

California Patent LawyerOrange County — RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. told a Maryland federal court Monday that it has settled Star Scientific Inc.’s long-running patent infringement case against it over a method of reducing carcinogens in tobacco. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

Verizon Pays $250M To End TiVo Litigation, License Patents

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 24, 2012

tv-setup-150x150Los Angeles – TiVo Inc. said Monday that it has reached a deal to settle its patent infringement lawsuit against Verizon Communications, under which Verizon will pay $250.4 million and the parties will enter a mutual patent licensing arrangement. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Registration

Disney Beats “Santa Paws” Copyright Infringement Claims

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 21, 2012

disney Los Angeles – A Missouri federal judge on Thursday threw out a copyright infringement suit alleging Disney Enterprises Inc.’s “Santa Paws” movies ripped off an early 1990s illustrated children’s Christmas story of the same name. Read the rest »

Copyright Office Seeks Input on Visual Art Resale Royalty Bill

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 21, 2012

paint-palette Los Angeles – The U.S. Copyright Office said Wednesday it is kicking off an inquiry at Congress’s request into how current copyright law affects and supports visual artists, and how a federal resale royalty right for visual artists could affect the art marketplace. Read the rest »

Google, Apple Hit With New Mobile Patent Infringement Suits

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 20, 2012

Patent Dispute Los Angeles – Unwired Planet LLC hit Google Inc. and Apple Inc. with matching patent infringement lawsuits in Nevada federal court Wednesday alleging that they are using Unwired Planet’s patented technology in their mobile products. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement

German Court Hands Down Motorola Sales Ban In Microsoft Patent Case

By Mandour & Associates, APC on September 20, 2012

Software Patent LawyerOrange County – A judge in Munich, Germany ruled Thursday that Google Inc.-owned Motorola Mobility LLC is infringing an important Microsoft Inc.-held European patent for a software input system, which lies at the core of the Android mobile operating system. Read the rest »

Posted in: Patent Infringement