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March 31 (Bloomberg) -- A unit of Pearson Plc, the London-based publisher, will set up and manage the University of Florida’s online four-year degree program, Florida’s Gainesville Sun newspaper reported.

While the university has revealed it will pay Pearson Embanet about $186 million over 11 years, minimum enrollment figures and total tuition levels are being withheld from public scrutiny as protected trade secrets, the school’s general counsel’s office said, according to the Sun.

Pearson, which acquired Embanet Compass in 2012 for $650 million, already supports online-learning programs for Arizona State University and the University of California, the Sun reported.

Trademark

Assets of Alleged Makers of Fake SAIL Steel Bars Seized

Two Indian companies that allegedly made fake versions of Steel Authority of India Ltd.’s reinforcing bars had their assets seized, India’s Business Standard reported.

Steel Authority, a steelmaker based in New Delhi and commonly known as SAIL, filed a complained last April saying its reputation was damaged and it was losing revenue because of the fakes, according to the Business Standard.

The government seized two office buildings, one building plot, five flats and two luxury cars belonging to the two Raipur, India-based companies accused of making the fake products, the newspaper reported.

London Drugs Can’t Bar International Clothiers’ Use of ‘London’

London Drugs Ltd., a British Columbia-based retail chain, failed to block International Clothiers Inc.’s use of “London” in the name of a clothing line, the CBC reported.

A Canadian federal court upheld a decision by the Registrar of Trademarks barring the retailer’s exclusive use of the name according to the CBC.

The court said Ontario-based International Clothiers’ customers were unlikely to confuse menswear with merchandise sold by London Drugs, the CBC reported.

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Patent

Google Gets New U.S. Patent for Search-Results Ranking System

Google Inc., creator of the world’s most-used search engine, received a patent on a technology used to order search results.

Patent 8,682,892, issued March 25, includes a count of incoming links to the resources in each result.

Navneet Panda is the named inventor, according to the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Wired magazine reported in March 2011 that Amit Singhal, a Google senior vice president, said in an interview that the Panda page-ranking update adopted at that time was named for a company engineer with that name.

Mountain View, California-based Google applied for the patent in September 2012 with assistance from Boston’s Fish & Richardson PC.

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Copyright

Teranet to Face Copyright Claims Brought by Land Surveyors

Teranet Inc., which provides electronic-registry services to Canadian real-estate, government, financial and health-care entities, must face a copyright lawsuit brought by Ontario land surveyors, Canada’s National Post reported.

Toronto-based Teranet is accused of selling electronic copies of survey plans deposited with the company without compensating their creators, according to the National Post.

Ontario Divisional Court said March 26 that the case could go ahead, the National Post reported.

Republican Committee’s Negative Campaign Ad Fair Use, Court Says

A New Jersey Republican committee didn’t infringe the copyright of a Democratic candidate’s campaign footage by using it in a negative advertisement, a federal court ruled.

U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in New Jersey said March 24 that the Gloucester County Republican Committee didn’t infringe Heather Simmons’s copyright in ads run during the 2011 campaign season because the copyright wasn’t registered. The use of the footage fell into copyright law’s “fair use provision,” Hillman also said.

The lawsuit was filed in June 2013 by Bluewire Media LLC of West Berlin, New Jersey, the ad agency that created the footage.

The case is Bluewire Media LLC v. Gloucester County Republican Committee, 13-cv-03667, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Camden).

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To contact the reporter on this story: Victoria Slind-Flor in San Francisco at vslindflor@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net Stephen Farr, Charles Carter

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