Qualcomm, Cochlear, Bridgestone: Intellectual Property

Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Qualcomm Inc. said it bought a portfolio of patents from Hewlett-Packard Co., acquiring intellectual property that includes the fundamentals of mobile operating systems.

The San Diego-based company said in a statement Jan. 23 that the purchased portfolio consists of about 1,400 granted patents and pending applications in the U.S., and about 1,000 granted and being applied for in other countries. The statement didn’t disclose the price of the deal.

Qualcomm said the patents it purchased include those related to Palm, as well as to Hewlett-Packard’s iPaq mobile devices.

Hewlett-Packard, based in Palo Alto, California, didn’t manage to make Palm’s WebOS -- part of a $1.2 billion acquisition -- into a success. The company later wrote down the deal and Whitman sold the WebOS operating system’s code to LG Electronics Inc. last year.

Cochlear Loses $131.2 Million Verdict in Hearing-Implant Lawsuit

Cochlear Ltd., an Australian maker of hearing implants, lost an infringement trial over patents related to the devices in Los Angeles, with the jury awarding $131.2 million in damages to the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research.

Cochlear said in a Jan. 24 statement it believes the facts and the law don’t support the jury’s findings, will ask the judge to overturn the verdict and, if needed, file an appeal.

The case is Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research v. Cochlear Corp., 07-cv-08108, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles.)

BlackBerry Seeks Court Order to Block Seacrest’s Typo Keyboard

BlackBerry Ltd., the smartphone maker that withdrew plans to sell itself and go private last year, asked a federal court to block sales of an iPhone-compatible keyboard case designed by Ryan Seacrest’s Typo Products LLC.

The product sold out at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month.

BlackBerry sued Typo Jan. 3 in federal court in San Francisco alleging the company infringed patents and trademarks.

The case is BlackBerry Ltd. v. Typo Products LLC, 14-cv-00023, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

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Costco’s Argument ‘Tiffany Setting’ Generic Likely, Judge Says

Tiffany & Co., the New York-based luxury jeweler, lost one phase of its trademark dispute with Costco Wholesale Corp.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan refused to dismiss Costco’s claim that the term “Tiffany setting” is generic. She set a June 27 pretrial conference in the case, which New York-based Tiffany filed against the Issaquah, Washington-based club-membership retailer in February 2013.

The case is Tiffany & Co. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., 1:13-cv-01041, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

Bridgestone Says Chinese Court Agreed Trademark Infringed

Bridgestone Corp., the Tokyo-based tire company, said in a Jan. 24 statement it has won a Chinese trademark dispute and will be paid damages by Shenzhen Momentum Star Tyre Co.

The suit was over tires marked “Besttone” with a logo similar to the Japanese company’s, the Bridgestone said.

The Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court found Bridgestone’s mark was infringed, and the Guangdong Higher People’s Court upheld that ruling, according to the statement.

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Cameron Defeats $2.5 Billion Copyright Infringement Claim

Director James Cameron and 21st Century Fox America Inc. persuaded a Maryland federal court to reject a copyright claim by a science-fiction writer who sought $2.5 billion in damages.

U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus said Bryant Moore failed to prove either that the filmmaker had sufficient access to the writer’s material or that his work was enough like Cameron’s “Avatar” film to support a copyright-infringement suit.

He said that the defendants presented “a strong case for independent creation that rebuts a presumption of copying.”

The case is Bryant Moore V. Lightstorm Entertainment, 8:11-cv-03644, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (Greenbelt).

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

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

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