Teva, Mira, Sherwin-Williams, Pot: Intellectual Property

March 4 (Bloomberg) -- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. will challenge a Delhi High Court Ruling dismissing its patent suit against Natco Pharma Ltd. of Hyderabad, India, the Hindu newspaper reported.

Petach Tikva, Israel-based Teva sought a court order barring export of Natco’s multiple-sclerosis drug, claiming the making of the product infringed an Indian patent, according to the Hindu.

Natco has an alliance with Mylan Inc. to market the drug outside India, according to the Hindu.

Mira Telecom Patents Allegedly Ineffective Bomb-Finding Tool

Mira Telecom Srl, a Romanian maker of telecommunications equipment, received a European patent on a bomb-detection technology that prosecutors in a U.K. fraud case claimed is ineffective and lacking a scientific foundation, the BBC reported.

The technology was at issue in the trial of a U.K. businessman who got a 10-year sentence for selling allegedly fraudulent bomb detectors based on golf-ball finders, according to the BBC.

The Romanian scientist named on the patent as inventor of the disputed technology testified at the fraud trial that the devices he sold worked well, according to the BBC.

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Sherwin-Williams Seeks to Halt Valspar’s Use of ‘Optimus’

Sherwin-Williams Co., the Cleveland-based paint maker, accused Valspar Corp. in a lawsuit of infringing its “Optimus” trademark.

Sherwin-Williams objected to an application to register “Valspar Optimus” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The company said in a lawsuit filed Feb. 28 in Cleveland that it sent a cease-and-desist notice to Minneapolis-based Valspar, which continued to use the mark in interstate commerce.

Sherwin-Williams asked for a court order barring Valspar’s use of the Optimus name. It’s also seeking money damages and to recover any profit Valspar made in connection with the alleged infringement.

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

The case is Sherwin-Williams Co. v. Valspar Corp., 1:14-cv-00473, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (Cleveland).

Edible Arrangements Sues Liberty Interactive Unit on Trademarks

Edible Arrangements International LLC, the maker and distributor of fresh-fruit bouquets, sued Liberty Interactive LLC’s Provide Commerce unit for trademark infringement.

Provide Commerce was accused in a Feb. 28 complaint in federal court in New Haven, Connecticut, of using the phrases “Edible Arrangements” and “Edible Fruit Arrangements” in its Internet advertisements as a way of drawing off customers.

Edible Arrangements, based in Wallingford, Connecticut, said that when it previously confronted Provide Commerce about its use of the phrases in its ads, the company said it was temporary and promised to disable the settings in its Google Adwords account.

Provide Commerce’s ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries and Cherry Moon Farm ads last month began to use the phrases again, Edible Arrangements said. This diverted customers and caused the company harm, it said.

Edible Arrangements asked the court to order Provide Commerce to quit using the phrases and for awards of money damages, attorney fees and litigation costs.

Provide Commerce didn’t respond immediately to an e-mailed request for comment.

The case is Edible Arrangements LLC v. Provide Commerce Inc., 3:14-cv-00250, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut (New Haven).

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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage

‘Cover Oregon’ Investigation Bumps Up Against Oracle Secrets

Cover Oregon is the only state health-insurance exchange lacking an online portal accessible for public sign-up, and officials’ attempts to investigate the problem have been met with a refusal by Oracle Corp., the main contractor on the project, the Associated Press reported.

Oracle would let independent investigators working for the state interview only one of the six company employees from whom they were seeking information, according to AP.

Although a report of what the investigation uncovers will be released, information Oracle considers a trade secret won’t be included, AP said.

Colorado Pot Shops Keep Mum About Their Banks’ Identities

Owners of marijuana shops in Colorado that have bank accounts are refusing to share the names of those institutions with competitors, saying such information constitutes a trade secret, the Denver Post reported.

This is leaving many recreational marijuana shops unable to conduct anything but an all-cash business, according to the newspaper.

While recent changes in federal guidelines have made it slightly easier for banks to do business with marijuana-oriented businesses, many are still leery of these types of customers or the unwanted publicity they might bring, the Post said.

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