Google, Two Sigma, Saints, PepsiCo: Intellectual Property

Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. was sued by a German architectural firm over a patent for technology that allows users to provide space-based images of the earth.

Art+Com, based in Berlin, claims Google infringed the architectural firm’s patent when the search-engine giant unveiled its Google Earth application in 2005, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in Delaware.

The case is Art+Com Innovationpool GmbH v. Google Inc., 14-cv-00217, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

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Two Sigma Ex-Analyst Gao Charged With Confidential Data Theft

A former employee of Two Sigma Investments LLC, an $18 billion quantitative hedge fund, was charged by New York prosecutors with stealing computer data from the company, the latest in a growing number of proprietary financial-firm theft cases brought by the Manhattan district attorney.

Two Sigma sued Kang Gao, 28, this month in New York state court in Manhattan after he resigned, stating in the complaint that he had been arrested. Gao was charged Feb. 11 in Manhattan criminal court by District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a person familiar with the case said.

Benjamin Yu, an attorney who said he represented Gao at his arraignment, declined to comment on the charges.

The criminal case is People of New York v. Gao, 00640/2014; the lawsuit is Two Sigma Investments LLC v. Gao, 650506/2014, New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan).


Saints Fans Can’t Meet Maker in Team Logo Caskets, NFL Says

Fans of the New Orleans Saints won’t be able to take their enthusiasms with them to the next world if the National Football League has its way, the Times-Picayune newspaper reported.

The NFL has told ‘Til We Meet Again, a casket store in a suburban New Orleans shopping mall, to quit selling black-and-gold coffins marked with the team’s fleur de lis logo or face a potential trademark suit, according to the newspaper.

The league also demanded that the company’s video showing the allegedly infringing casket be removed from television and Google Inc.’s YouTube video-sharing website, according to the Times-Picayune.

PepsiCo Tells Indian Court ‘Youngistan’ Film Infringes Marks

PepsiCo Inc., the U.S. soft-drink and snack company, asked the Delhi High Court to block the release of a film it says infringes its trademarks, India’s Economic Times reported.

The Purchase, New York-based company said “Youngistan,” which features the recently deceased Bollywood star Farooq Sheikh, infringes marks used in its “Youngistan Ka Wow” advertising campaign, according to the Economic Times.

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Fox Wins Order Halting Aereo in Utah Pending Supreme Court Case

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.’s television network won a court order halting Barry Diller-backed Aereo Inc.’s online-TV service in Utah while the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether it infringes broadcasters’ copyrights.

U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball in Salt Lake City yesterday granted the request by Fox Broadcasting Co. to block the service while the Supreme Court case is pending.

The case is Community Television of Utah LLC v. Aereo Inc., 13-cv-00910, U.S. District Court, District of Utah (Salt Lake City).

Maggy, TJX, Chico’s Sued Over Copyright for Zebra Pattern

Maggy London International Inc., TJX Cos. and Chico’s FAS Inc. were sued for copyright infringement by a New York-based fabric converter over its zebra print design.

Dumari Ltd. claims Maggy’s Muse unit used a sample of the print to create garments that infringe Dumari’s copyright. TJX and Chico’s sold infringing garments, Dumari said.

Muse didn’t comply with a cease-and-desist notice sent in November, Dumari said.

The company asked the court to bar further unauthorized use of its design. It’s also seeking money damages, attorney fees, litigation costs and the defendants’ profits attributable to the alleged infringement.

Maggy, TJX and Chico’s didn’t respond immediately to e-mailed requests for comment on the suit.

The case is Dumari Ltd. v. Muse Apparel, 1:14-cv-01038, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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