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Apple, Shire, CEB, NCAA, Lessig: Intellectual Property

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. won the dismissal of a 1.57 billion-euro ($2.2 billion) lawsuit in Germany over technology used to decide priority for calls on mobile networks.

Apple doesn’t infringe two patents asserted by IPCom GmbH, a court in Mannheim ruled Feb. 28, without giving the reasoning for its decision. HTC Corp. also won dismissal of a related IPCom claim over one of the patents.

The rulings are a blow to Munich-based patent holding company IPCom, which has sued mobile-device makers over technology it acquired from Robert Bosch GmbH in 2007. The “100” series patents, which also apply to methods helping to place emergency calls, are the central piece of its portfolio.

The cases against Apple are: LG Mannheim, 2 O 53/12 and 2 O 95/13. The HTC case is LG Mannheim, 76 O 30/12.

Shire Faces Revival of Patent Suit Over Lialda Colitis Drug

Shire Plc’s patent-infringement lawsuit against Cadila Healthcare Ltd. and Zydus Pharmaceuticals Inc. over the colitis drug Lialda was reopened, according to court filings.

A federal judge in Wilmington, Delaware, ordered the suit over Cadila and Zydus’s bid to create a generic version of Lialda to be revived Feb. 27, a year after the case was administratively closed, according to a court-docket notation.

Shire officials said Feb. 28 the judge’s decision to reopen the case at Cadila and Zydus’s request was procedural and doesn’t affect Shire’s substantive claims over Lialda’s patent rights.

The case is Shire Pharmaceutical Development Inc. v. Cadila Healthcare Ltd., 10-cv-00581, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

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CEB Sued by University of California for Trademark Infringement

Corporate Executive Board Co. was sued for trademark infringement by the University of California.

The suit, filed in San Francisco federal court, is related to the “CEB” trademark the school uses in connection with its Continuing Education of the Bar programs.

The Arlington, Virginia-based Executive Board, which provides business research and analysis, didn’t respond immediately to an e-mailed request for comment on the suit.

The case is Regents of the University of California v. The Corporate Executive Board Co., 14-cv-00885, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

NCAA, Ex-College Players Ordered to Hold Settlement Conference

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and ex-college athletes were ordered to hold a settlement conference in litigation over the former players’ right of publicity.

The case is In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name and Likeness Licensing Litigation, 09-cv-01967, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Oakland).

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Lessig to Receive Compensation for Australian Music Company

Australia’s Liberation Music Pty. Ltd. agreed to pay Lawrence Lessig damages in a copyright lawsuit he filed after the music label submitted a takedown request for removal of one of his lectures from Google Inc.’s YouTube website, according to a statement from Lessig’s counsel, San Francisco’s Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Lessig, a professor at Harvard Law School, in August sought a declaration from a federal judge in Boston that his use of snippets of a song by one of the label’s groups in his lecture was fair use under U.S. copyright law.

The case is Lessig v. Liberation Music Pty. Ltd., 13-cv-12028, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (Boston).

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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage

Dick’s Sporting Goods Sues Rival’s CEO for Ruse to Get Secrets

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, sued the chief executive officer of New York-based Modell’s Sporting Goods Inc., a rival chain, claiming he posed as a Dick’s executive in order to get trade-secret information, the North Jersey Record newspaper reported.

The suit, filed in New Jersey State court, alleged that Mitchell Modell showed up at a Dick’s store, claiming to be a Dick’s executive, according to the newspaper.

Earlier, Modell had disguised himself and, under the guise of a low-level employee of his own company, appeared on the “Undercover Boss” television program, the Record reported.

Modell didn’t respond immediately to an e-mailed request for comment sent through his company’s website.

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