Mimesis Law
15 November 2019

IP Flow Links – Merck Seeks $2B In Damages After Win Over Gilead In Hep-C Patent Suit

Mar. 24, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Your IP news update this week:

  • A jury in California upheld the validity of two of Merck’s patents in its infringement dispute over Hepatitis C treatments with Gilead. Merck is seeking over $2 billion in damages from its rival.
  • Samsung has requested that a federal judge to postpone a retrial with Apple scheduled to begin next week, following the news that the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear Samsung’s appeal on damages related to design patent infringement.
  • A German district court has ruled that Apple infringed on OpenTV’s patents related to delivering and storing digital content to electronic devices, naming in particular iTunes, the App Store, Apple TV and devices running iOS or OS X. The ruling states that the offending products must no longer be sold in the country.
  • A California appeals court is set to hear PETA’s appeal in its monkey-selfie copyright infringement suit against nature photographer David Slater and Blurb, Inc., the publisher of his book. PETA contends that the selfie-taking macaque should be awarded the rights to the photograph. Read our take on it here.
  • The ITC issued an order to ban the import of any product that infringes upon one of Segway’s patents. Segway named 13 mainly Chinese slef-balancing scooter companies including Robstep Robot., Shenzhen INMOTION Technologies, Tech in the City, Freego USA, UPTECH Robotics Technology, Beijing Universal Pioneering Technology, FreeGo, EcoBoomer and Roboscooters.com.
  • “Trump Baby Dick” artist, Ilma Gore, has had her Facebook account restored after it was disabled following the issuance of a DMCA takedown request regarding her photograph of a nude Donald Trump with small genitalia. Facebook allege it was all a mix up.
  • Two screenwriters of the TV series “Ballers” have filed a copyright infringement suit against Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and HBO, and are seeking $200 million in damages. The writers claim that “Ballers” copied the concept of their 2007 show “Off Season”.
  • In a case brought by the England and Wales Cricket Board (EWCB), and Sky UK, and concerned the Fanatix website and app, a UK High Court has ruled that the reproduction of eight seconds of video constitutes copyright infringement of the original work. Fanatix allows sports fans to capture and share sports videos with other users.
  • As of 23rd March, the EU’s Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market has been renamed the European Intellectual Property Office, and the Community trademark has become the EU trademark.

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