Intellectual Ventures, Kardashians:Intellectual Property

Nathan Myhrvold, the chief executive officer of Intellectual Ventures and former chief technology officer of Microsoft Corp., is a named inventor on two new patents issued yesterday.

Patent 8,300,007 covers a method of manufacturing displays used in television screens, computer monitors and electronic signs, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database. It involves the use of display elements with different light-modulating and self-assembling characteristics.

The patent application was filed in August 2006.

The other patent, 8,301,028, covers a data center with free-space optical communications. It would reduce the use of cables in large-scale data centers, or “server farms,” as data could be transmitted across short distances using laser light, according to the patent.

That patent application was filed in December 2009.

Both patents are assigned to the Invention Science Fund LLC of Bellevue, Washington, an affiliate of Bellevue-based Intellectual Ventures.

Burroughs Sues Panini Over Patent for Document Processing System

Burroughs Inc., a provider of imaging technology for financial transactions, sued a unit of Italy’s Panini SpA/Turino for patent infringement.

In dispute is patent 6,546,396, which covers a document processing system with a multi-platform application-programming interface. According to the complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a number of Panini North America Inc. products infringe this patent.

Among those Panini products listed are Vision X, My Vision X, and I-Deal. Burroughs also claims that Panini itself infringes by performing some of the actions covered by the patent.

Burroughs claims it is injured by Panini’s actions and the sale of Panini products and asked the court to bar further infringement. Additionally, it seeks money damages, and asked that they be tripled to punish Panini for its actions.

Burroughs also asked for awards of attorney fees and litigation costs.

Panini didn’t respond immediately to an e-mailed request for comment on the complaint.

The case is Burroughs Inc. v. Panini North America Inc., 5:12-cv-14804-JCO-MAR, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

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Kardashians’ ‘Khroma’ Makeup Line Has ‘Chroma’ Owner Concerned

The Kardashian sisters, reality-show celebrities, have filed two applications to register trademarks containing the word “khroma” for use with cosmetics, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database.

The applications, filed in June, are among more than 50 trademarks and pending applications filed by the daughters and ex-wife of the late Robert Kardashian, a businessman and lawyer who helped defend O.J. Simpson in his 1995 murder trial.

The owner of Chroma Makeup, a Beverly Hills, California, cosmetics boutique, said in a statement on his website that he has retained legal counsel and hopes to persuade the Kardashians to change the name of the Khroma line, which will be sold in mass-market outlets such as Sears Holding Corp.’s stores and CVS Caremark Corp. pharmacies.

He said he has received “multiple inquiries” from clients who mistakenly assumed his company is associated with the Kardashians.

Watson Sells Rugby Marks, Product Line to Harvard Drug

Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. sold its line of Rugby over-the-counter pharmaceutical products and related trademarks to Court Square Capital Partners LC’s Harvard Drug Group for about $117 million.

The products include cough and cold, allergy, pain relief, anti-nausea nicotine gum, vitamins and nutritional-supplement products, Watson said yesterday in a statement. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved the deal on Oct. 19.

Watson, based in Parsippany, New Jersey, will retain the right to sell and distribute store-branded nicotine gum products, as well as other non-Rugby over-the-counter products, according to the statement. Watson also will make and supply nicotine gum products sold under labels belonging to Harvard Drug.

Watson acquired Rugby in 1998.

Marines Given Until Dec. 12 to Oppose WWE Trademark Application

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.’s application to register “Marine: Homefront” as a trademark is being opposed by the U.S. Marine Corps.

According to the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Stamford, Connecticut-based WWE filed three applications this year to register the phrase as a trademark for a variety of uses, including Halloween costumes, other clothing, downloadable ring tones, refrigerator magnets, sunglasses, video and computer games and entertainment services.

The Office of Counsel for the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps filed a request to oppose registration of the marks. The Patent Office gave the Marine Corps until Dec. 12 to file its opposition.

WWE said in April that “The Miz,” one of its performers, would star in the film, “The Marine: Homefront.” According to a company statement, he portrays a Marine “who is forced to put his skills to the test when a radical militia group kidnaps his rebellious niece.”

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‘Dead Season’ Producer Sues 13 for Infringing Zombie Film

The producer of “Dead Season,” a film about a zombie attempt to take over the world, sued 13 unidentified defendants for copyright infringement.

The defendants used the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol to view and distribute the film without authorization, according to the complaint filed Oct. 29 in federal court in Tampa, Florida. Dead Season LLC said all of the defendants either live or committed the infringement within the court’s geographic jurisdiction.

Information to be obtained in court proceedings will yield the infringers’ identities, Dead Season said. Presently the producer says only their Internet Protocol addresses are known.

Dead Season said it was harmed by the defendants’ actions and suffered “great and irreparable injury.” It asked the court to bar further infringement of its copyright and to order the destruction of all unauthorized copies of the film in the defendants’ possession. Additionally, the producer seeks money damages and attorney fees.

Dead Season is represented by Richard E. Fee of the IP Enforcement Law Group PA of Tampa, Florida.

The case is Dead Season LLC v. Does 1-13, 12-cv-02436, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (Tampa).

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