Nov 12, 2015
Mimesis IP Links – DraftKings, Fanduel and Fox Sports Hit With Patent Suits
Nov. 12, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Hi folks, here’s your weekly IP news update:
- Virtual Gaming Technologies LLC has filed three separate patent infringement lawsuits against fantasy sports operators DraftKings, FanDuel and Fox Sports with respect to their patents on real time, interactive gaming systems.
- C&A Marketing, producer of the Polaroid Cube, has filed a lawsuit against GoPro for infringing on its design patent on the latest Hero4 session camera. C&A Marketing was granted a design patent in May for the Polaroid Cube which covers the unique cubic design of its camera.
- Exergen Corporation filed a lawsuit claiming that Taiwan-based Microlife Corporation’s Vicks and Braun thermometers infringe on their infrared thermometer patent.
- Jack Ma, the CEO of Alibaba, stated that he is not prepared to settle the lawsuits brought by luxury goods conglomerate Kering. Kering contends that Alibaba is knowingly making it possible for counterfeiters to sell such goods online via Alibaba’s e-commerce website.
- The US Copyright Office recently released its latest round of exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA). The latest exemptions include automotive software, jailbreaking smart TVs, good-faith hacking for security research, among others.
- The Australian government renewed its opposition to ICANN over the use of ‘.food’ as a closed gTLD. Lifestyle Domain, a subsidiary of Scripps Networks which owns and operates the Food Network and Food.com, maintains that the .food should be operated as a closed string as it was granted the US Trademark registration for ‘FOOD’.
- Taylor Swift settled a copyright infringement lawsuit for an undisclosed amount with Blue Sphere over her use of “Lucky 13” on her merchandise. Bizarrely, Blue Sphere wanted the right to examine photographs and videos of Swift in which her buttocks or breasts were at least partially visible in order to cast doubt over Swift’s control of her personal brand and image, and understanding of consumer impact.
- A 2012 copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Mayimba Music against Sony for Shakira’s 2010 track “Loca” has been revived. The lawsuit had been dismissed in 2014, but Mayimba Music filed a motion to vacate the judgment saying the ruling was based on fabricated evidence.
- A UK Health Minister filibustered a proposed Off-Patent Drugs Bill that would have encouraged doctors to prescribe off-patent drugs. The Bill aimed to address the problematic requirement facing generic manufactures of obtaining a new license if an off-patent drug is to be used for an innovative use.