July 8 (Bloomberg) -- UptoBox, a file-hosting service, blocked access to its website by users in the U.S., the TorrentFreak news website reported.
UptoBox said that its payment processor was told by Visa Inc. and MasterCard inc. to quit accepting credit card payments, and that this came about because of anti-piracy pressures from film studios, according to TorrentFreak.
U.S. residents who attempt to reach the website are met with the notice that “UptoBox.com is not available in your country,” TorrentFreak reported.
The company said it may lift the ban if it can find a European provider willing to accept credit-card payments, according to TorrentFreak.
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Nintendo Seeks Patent for 3-D Viewing Device on 2-D Surface
Nintendo Co., the Kyoto, Japan-based maker of video game hardware and software, is seeking a patent on a technology that will give viewers looking at a two-dimensional display the illusion of seeing in three dimensions.
Application 20140184588, published in the database of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office July 3, is for an invention that tracks a game player’s view point and changes the viewing of the displayed object to give the illusion it is present in three-dimensional space.
Airbus Seeks U.S. Patent on Aircraft Without Windshield
Airbus SA, the European aircraft maker, has applied for a patent on an aircraft cockpit without a front windshield.
In application 20140180508, published in the database of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office June 26, Blagnac, France-based Airbus said the windshield would be replaced by a digital display screen that could show a virtual image of the outside scene.
Getting rid of the windshield would reduce the weight of the aircraft, enabling it to carry more passengers, Airbus said in the application.
Safety would be improved because the display could also bring up virtual images of parts of the aircraft not ordinarily visible to the pilot. It would be more cost-effective because passenger seating could be extended to the very front of the airplane and the pilot could be located in an unused zone of the aircraft, Airbus said.
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Tyler Perry Wins Cancellation of ‘What Would Jesus Do’ Trademark
Tyler Perry Studios LLC, the movie production company associated with actor Tyler Perry, persuaded an appeal board at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to cancel a registration for “What Would Jesus Do” held by television actress Kimberly Kearney.
In a June 20 ruling, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board said Kearney’s claims of using the mark with respect to entertainment were unsupported by evidence.
The case is Tyler Perry Studios LLC v. Kimberly Kearney, Cancellation 92053298, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Roberto Cavalli Sued for Infringement by Sufi Religious Leader
Roberto Cavalli SpA, the Italian luxury fashion house, was sued for trademark infringement by a leader of the School of Islamic Sufism.
Nader Angha uses what is described as a “sacred emblem” and registered it as a U.S. trademark in May 1987, according to court papers. The emblem is used to identify religious services and on items such as books and coins.
Angha objected to a Cavalli logo that is used on perfume bottles, shirts, watches, shoes and other garments. The image resembles an upper-case “H” with legs curving inward at the top and the bottom.
Angha said in his July 3 complaint that Cavalli’s use of the logo on unclothed models has tarnished his mark. He asked the court to bar Cavalli’s use of the allegedly infringing logo, and for awards of profit attributable to the alleged infringement, together with money damages.
He’s also seeking cancellation of Cavalli’s U.S. registration of the logo as a trademark.
Cavalli didn’t immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment on the suit.
The case is Angha v. Roberto Cavalli SpA, 14-cv-05218, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).
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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage
Entertainment-Placement Firm’s Secrets Suit Largely Dismissed
Elements of a trade-secrets case filed by a company that packages entertainment ideas for clients who lack industry connections were dismissed by a federal judge in Los Angeles.
New Show Studios LLC of Pittsburgh sued one of its former customers and an ex-employee in federal court Feb. 19, claiming they misappropriated trade secrets related to client data and business strategies.
U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said New Show Studios failed to state appropriate claims under several different laws and its pleadings were insufficiently detailed.
She let stand the trade secret misappropriation claim itself, saying that to the extent more detail is needed about which secrets are at issue, “that detail can be obtained through discovery.”
The case is New Show Studios LLC v. Needle, 14-cv-01250, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).
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