Google, Delta, Ronco, Apple, De Beers: Intellectual Property

Google Inc., (GOOG) owner of the most-used Internet search engine, asked a U.S. appeals court to throw out a $30.5 million patent-infringement verdict won by licensing company Vringo Inc. (VRNG) in 2012.

The dispute is over filtering technology to determine the placement of advertisements on search results, which Vringo claims is fundamental technology used in Google’s AdWords and AdSense for Search products. Google wants the verdict thrown out. Vringo said the trial judge erred in limiting the period from which it could collect damages.

The case is I/P Engine Inc. v. AOL Inc., 13-1307, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington). The lower-court case is I/P Engine Inc. v. AOL Inc., 11-cv-512, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk).

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Trademark

Delta Files Trademark Suit Against Promoters of Travel Club

Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), the Atlanta-based air carrier, sued nine named and 10 unnamed defendants for trademark infringement.

Delta said in its May 5 complaint that the defendants used its marks without authorization as part of a scheme to sell travel-club memberships. Among the defendants’ objectionable practices are creating promotional materials that falsely appear to have been sent by Delta and falsely informing recipients they won two round-trip airline tickets as part of a Delta promotion, the airline said in court papers.

The airline seeks a court order barring the defendants from any use of its marks and money damages, including extra damages to punish defendants for their actions.

The case is Delta Air Lines Inc. v. Riddle, 3:14-cv-01112, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville).

Ronco Sued by Hamilton Beach Over ‘Set It and Forget It’ Mark

Ronco Corp., a consumer products company known for its television commercials, was sued for trademark infringement by Hamilton Beach Brands Inc.

The May 2 suit is related to Glen Allen, Virginia-based Hamilton Beach’s “set & forget” trademark. Hamilton Beach claims Ronco’s use of “set it and forget it” infringes the mark, and it asked the court to order the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel Austin, Texas-based Ronco’s registration of that phrase as a U.S. trademark.

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

The case is Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. v. Ronco Holdings Inc., 3:14-cv-00319, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond).

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Copyright

Russian Railways’ Appeal of Copyright Suit Dismissal Is Rejected

Russian Railways JSC’s appeal of an adverse copyright ruling was rejected by that country’s Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals, the RIA Novosti news service reported.

The railroad claimed Apple Inc. (AAPL) infringed the Russian company’s copyright on its logo, using it without authorization in its applications store. It filed an appeal after the Moscow Commercial Court dismissed the suit in March, according to RIA Novosti.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, argued successfully that its agreement with app developers required them to obtain permission to use copyright content, RIA Novosti reported.

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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage

De Beers Says Diamond Price Book Leak to Outsiders is ‘Toxic’

De Beers SA, the South African diamond producer, is investigating the leak of its De Beers Price Book, the iAfrica.com news website reported.

The company’s chief executive said the leak of this information is “commercially toxic,” according to iAfrica.com.

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