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DuPont, Art.com, Fairchild, Minaj: Intellectual Property

A California engineering consultant was convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to commit economic espionage by giving DuPont Co. (DD) trade secrets to a Chinese company.

Walter Liew, 56, of Orinda, California, was charged with stealing secret DuPont technology about a manufacturing process for titanium dioxide, a white pigment used in paper, paint and plastics, and giving it to China’s Pangang Group Co. The jury, which started deliberating last week, yesterday found Liew guilty of all charges in a 22-count indictment.

Liew denied stealing trade secrets, his lawyer said at trial.

The case is U.S. v. Liew, 3:11-cr-00573, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

Art.com Accused of Misappropriating Gotham City’s IP, Codes

Art.com Inc., an online retailer of art prints and posters, was sued for trade secret misappropriation by Gotham City Online LLC, a fashion retailer based in Mayfield, Kentucky.

According to a March 4 complaint filed in San Francisco federal court, Emeryville, California’s Art.com is accused of using Gotham City’s computer code and related intellectual property without permission.

Art.com didn’t respond immediately to an e-mailed request for comment.

The case is Gotham City Online LLC v. Art.com Inc., 3:14-cv-00991, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

Patents

Fairchild to Challenge Patent Verdict, $105 Million Damages

Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. (FCS) said in a statement it will appeal a March 3 jury verdict and a $105 million damages award to Power Integrations Inc. (POWI) in a patent dispute.

The case is Power Integrations Inc. v. Fairchild Semiconductor International, 3:09-cv-05345, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

Apple Gets Patent on All-Glass Device, Multiple Display Surfaces

Apple Inc. (AAPL), maker of the iPhone and iPad, may be coming out with a completely transparent mobile phone with images that can be seen anywhere on the device, if a recently issued patent is any indication.

The Cupertino, California-based company’s patent 8,665,236, issued March 4, covers a consumer electronic product in a transparent housing with a flexible display assembly configured to present visual content on any part of the housing.

The aim of the technology is to extend functionality to more than one surface of the device. Apple said that the standard form used on the majority of electronic devices doesn’t always give the device sufficient functionality for incorporation into third-party applications.

Glass will be used as a structural element, Apple says in the patent.

Apple applied for the patent in September 2011 with help from Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Trademark

Everards Withdraws Objections to Scottish Brewery’s Trademark

Everards Brewery Ltd. of Leicestershire, England, backed down in a trademark dispute with the Scottish craft brewery Elixir Brew Co., the Scotsman newspaper reported.

The dispute involved Elixir’s attempt to register its name as a U.K. trademark, opposed by Everards, which produces a beer under the “Elixir” name, according to the Scotsman.

Everards said it withdrew its objections as long as the Scottish brewery used the name for its company and not an individual beer, according to the newspaper.

Supporters of Indian Political Candidate Seek ‘Tea Party’ Mark

Backers of a candidate running to become India’s prime minister have applied for a trademark in that country that includes two syllables from the candidate’s name and the words “tea party,” India’s NDTV news website reported.

Supporters of Narendra Modi are seeking to register “NaMo Tea Party” as a mark to be used under the category of “personal and social services rendered to meet the needs of individuals,” according to NDTV, which reported that the candidate once worked as a tea seller.

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Copyright

Nicki Minaj Says She Doesn’t Know Allegedly Infringed Song

Pop singer Onika Tanya Maraj, who performs as Nicki Minaj, responded Feb. 28 to a Sept. 10 copyright infringement suit by saying she never heard of the songwriter or his “New Chicago,” which she is accused of infringing in her song “Starships.”

In the same court filing, she asked that the case be moved to California federal court.

The case is Tanaka Light Industries USA LLC v. Maraj, 1:13-cv-06475, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).

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