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Tessera, Red Sox, Malibu Media: Intellectual Property

March 27 (Bloomberg) -- Tessera Technologies Inc., a San Jose, California-based provider of imaging and semiconductor packaging technologies, agreed to sell patents and equipment to Shenzhen O-Film Tech Co. in a deal valued at $40 million.

The agreement also covers a license related to some software features of Tessera’s FotoNation business, the company said in a statement. In addition, Shenzhen O-Film, a Chinese maker of optical thin-film components, will sublease a facility in Arcadia, California.

The accord’s intent is the establishment of a long-term collaborative agreement, Tessera said.

Pfizer Health AB Wins Stay of Detrol Patent Revocation in India

India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board temporarily halted enforcement of an Indian Patent Office order revoking Pfizer Health AB’s patent for a drug used to treat geriatric incontinence, India’s Business Standard reported.

Grant of the patent had been opposed by India’s Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., according to the Business Standard. The patent office found the patent, which covers the drug Detrol, to be obvious, the newspaper reported.

Ranbaxy has an opportunity to file a petition opposing the stay, the Business Standard said.

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Red Sox Spars With Texas Foundation Over ‘B Strong’ Trademark

The Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team received a cease-and-desist letter from a Texas nonprofit over the team’s use of “B Strong,” the El Paso Times reported.

El Paso’s Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation registered the term as a trademark almost seven years ago, and objects to the Red Sox using the phrase on uniforms and merchandise and having it cut into the outfield grass of Boston’s Fenway Park, according to the newspaper.

The foundation is named for Braden Aboud, a teenager who died in a 2007 ski accident, according to the Times.

The foundation and the team are negotiating over the use of the name, the newspaper reported.

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Android App Copyright Case Leads to Two Guilty Pleas

Two Florida residents pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, according to a plea agreement filed March 24.

Nicholas Anthony Narbone and Thomas Allen Dye were accused of conspiracy to distribute unauthorized apps for devices running on Google Inc.’s Android operating system. Each faces a potential prison term of five years and a fine of $250,000, according to the agreement.

The case is U.S. v. Dye, 1:14-cr-00026, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta).

Malibu Media Told Geotracker Data Insufficient to ID Defendant

A federal court in Miami dismissed a copyright case brought by a maker of adult films on the grounds that the film company failed to identify the defendant.

U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro rejected Malibu Media LLC’s claim that its geolocation software established the identity of the person accused of downloading one of the company’s films without authorization. The March 19 suit is one of more than 40 that Malibu Media filed against unidentified defendants in the Miami court since Jan. 1.

The case is Malibu Media LLC v. Doe, 1:13-cv-20213, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (Miami).

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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage

ColdEdge Properly Ordered to Pay Judgment, Court Says

ColdEdge Technologies Inc., a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based cryogenics company, must pay a $1.4 million judgment in a trade-secret misappropriation case, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled, the Lehigh Morning Call newspaper reported.

The appeals court sent the case back to the trial court judge, ordering her to clarify how she calculated the judgment, according to the Morning Call.

The case was brought by Advanced Research Systems Inc. of Macungie, Pennsylvania, after four of its former employees left to establish ColdEdge, the newspaper reported.

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