Good Technology-Excitor, Metallica: Intellectual Property

Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Good Technology Inc., a U.S. provider of wireless device security technology, settled a patent-infringement suit against Excitor A/S, a Danish company.

Excitor agreed to a cash payment and a royalty-bearing license to the disputed patents, according to a Feb. 4 statement from Good Technology. Specific financial terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed.

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

Good Technology, based in Sunnyvale, California, sued Excitor in federal court in Manhattan in March 2012, accusing the Taastrup, Denmark-based company of infringing five patents related to network security.

The case settled before a hearing was held on the reach of the disputed patents, according to the case docket.

The case is Visto Corp. v. Excitor A/S, 1:12-cv-01698-JSR, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

Apple Applies for Patent on Ad Hoc Cash-Dispensing Network

Apple Inc., the maker of the iPhone and the iPad, is seeking a patent on a technology that would enable a user to find the nearest cash-dispensing site willing to work within the user’s network.

According to application 20130031009, published in the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Jan. 30, the network would consist of multiplicity of sites willing to dispense cash upon request from the user and verified by the network.

A server checks for sites near to the user and verifies that these sites are able to provide cash in the amount requested. The requesting user’s account is charged for the service and the providing user is credited for the service, with the service fee split between the providing user and the administrators of the cash-dispensing network.

Cupertino, California-based Apple said in the application that even though consumers are able to use credit or debit cards for the bulk of their transactions, situations can arise when cash payments are necessary. The company gave the example of some small businesses that won’t take credit cards because of charges they must pay to the credit card companies for this service.

The “client terminals” thare are part of this system could typically be an iPad, iPhone or iPod, Apple said in the application. A key element to the network is the use of a Global Positioning System transceiver than can pinpoint the location of the cash request and any available dispensers.

Apple filed this application in July 2011, according to patent office data.

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‘Steve Jobs’ Trademark Sought in Turkey for Use With Textiles

A resident of Turkey has applied to register “Steve Jobs” as a trademark in that country, the Patently Apple website reported.

The application was filed with the Turkish Patent Institute in October 2011, the same month the founder of Apple Inc. died of the complications of pancreatic cancer, Patently Apple reported.

The application specifies that the mark is to be used with textiles, according to Patently Apple.

Patently Apple quoted from a translation of the Turkish-language application in which the seeker of the mark said, “We think Steve Jobs is a worldwide name that will never be forgotten.”

Metallica Loses Bid to Halt Metal Shop’s Quest for Trademark

A metals-manufacturing shop in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, British Columbia, has won a three-year battle to register its name as a trademark despite opposition from a California-based rock band, the Vancouver Sun reported.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has told Metallica Manufacturing that there’s no likelihood of confusion between its name and that of the heavy-metal band Metallica, according to the Sun.

The band began objecting after the manufacturing shop tried to register its name as an Internet domain name, the Sun reported.

William Lawson told the Sun that winning the right to register its name as a trademark “is not a gloating issue” because “we just want to be left alone.”

Philippine Companies Seeking Trademarks Under Madrid Protocol

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines said 23 different indigenous brands have sought trademark protection under a protocol that can provide them with registration in 86 countries that have signed on to that protocol, the Manila Bulletin reported.

Applicants represent a wide range of industries including food, pharmaceuticals, clothing, soap, pharmaceuticals and a church, according to the Manila Bulletin.

The Philippines signed on to the trade accord, which is known as the Madrid protocol, in March 2012, the Bulletin reported.

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U.S. School District Looks at Ownership of Student’s Copyrights

A Maryland school district east of Washington is considering a policy that would claim the copyrights to works created by teachers or their students, the Washington Post reported.

Members of Prince George’s County Board of Education came up with the idea after attending an Apple Inc. presentation on the use of apps to create curricular materials, according to the Post.

Under the policy, work created by employees or students for use by the Prince George’s County Public Schools “are properties of the Board of Education even if created on the employee’s or student’s time and with the use of their materials,” the proposed policy specifies, the Post reported.

Verjeana M. Jacobs, who heads the school board, told the Post that counsel for the board needs to work on the language and that it’s likely amendments may be made to the policy before the next meeting.

New Zealand Music Trade Group Losing Money on Copyright Claims

A music-industry trade group has expended NZ$250,000 ($210,775) to collect NZ$617 from an alleged music pirate, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand was awarded the damages in the first file-sharing decision rendered by that nation’s Copyright Tribunal since a law went into effect in September 2011 allowing rights holders to send out infringement notices and use the tribunal to collect damages, according to the Herald.

Those who claim their copyrights have been infringed must pay a fee of NZ$25 to an Internet service provider for each of its subscribers it is asked to inform of possible infringement claims against them, the Herald reported.

The music-industry trade group said the fee paid to the Internet service providers should be dropped to NZ$2 per notice, an idea that has been rejected by the government, according to the Herald.

‘Any Body Can Dance’ Choreographer Wants to Copyright Moves

A choreographer and director of Indian films is considering seeking copyright registration tied to his forthcoming film, according to a website that follows the Indian film industry.

BollywoodLife.com reported that Remo D’Souza is looking for a way to protect and monetize original dance moves he choreographed for his film, “Any Body Can Dance.”

He said that he’s looking at the model of the music industry in which lyricists and music composers get paid when their compositions are played on the radio, according to BollywoodLife.com.

“So why can’t we get paid” if our dance moves are performed on stage by somebody, D’Souza said, and BollywoodLife.com reported.

Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage

Three Coloradans Accused of Trade Secret Theft from EPSI

Three Colorado residents have been charged with theft of trade secrets from a Maryland Heights, Missouri-based company that provides electrical testing services.

The Denver district attorney’s office said in a statement that the three stole “hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth” of proprietary information belonging to Electric Power Systems International Inc. with the aim of providing the data to a competitor.

Additionally, after the accused took the information by downloading it to portable drives, they allegedly deleted the files from Electric Power System’s computers, according to the statement.

The three are charged with computer crime, conspiracy to commit computer crime, conspiracy to commit theft and conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets, in addition to the trade-secrets charges.

Court dates for the three accused haven’t been set yet, according to the statement.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Victoria Slind-Flor in Oakland, California, at vslindflor@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.

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