Pfizer, Rick’s, Fantasy House: Intellectual Property

March 13 (Bloomberg) -- Pfizer Inc. said it will appeal a court ruling that invalidated a patent covering the method of treating osteoarthritis with the active ingredient in Celebrex.

A federal judge in Virginia ruled yesterday that a magistrate judge properly excluded testimony related to the patent’s validity. New York-based Pfizer had sued manufacturers after they filed applications to produce generic forms of the drug.

The case is G.D. Searle LLC v. Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc., 13-cv-00121, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk).

Keurig Can’t Revive Single-Serve Patent Case, Court Says

Keurig Green Mountain Inc., the maker of single-serve coffee brewing systems, lost its appeal of a lower-court ruling in a patent-infringement case.

A Washington-based appeals court ruled yesterday that the lower court properly found that JBR Inc.’s One Cup single-serve containers didn’t infringe a Keurig patent.

In May, a federal judge in Boston said the designs of containers by Waterbury, Vermont-based Keurig and JBR were dissimilar. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed that decision without issuing an opinion.

The appeal is Keurig Inc. v. JBR Inc., 13-1478, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The lower court case is Keurig Inc. v. JBR Inc., 11-cv-11941, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (Boston).

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Rick’s Cabaret Sued Over ‘Ricky Bobby’ Nascar-Themed Sports Bar

Rick’s Cabaret International Inc., a Houston-based nightclub chain, was sued for trademark infringement by Sony Corp. over a Nascar-themed restaurant.

According to the complaint filed in federal court in Houston, the Ricky Bobby Sports Saloon & Restaurant infringes trademarks licensed to Sony in connection with the 2006 film comedy “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

Rick’s Cabaret didn’t respond immediately to an e-mailed request for comment on the complaint.

The case is Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. v. Rick’s Cabaret International Inc., 14-cv-00559, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (Houston). ‘

Adult Novelty Seller Fantasy House Wins Damages Over Trademark

Fantasy House Inc., a Minneapolis-based retailer of adult novelty items, won money damages from a North Dakota competitor that used a similar-sounding name.

A federal court in Minnesota ordered Fantasysrus2 LLC of Fargo, North Dakota, to pay the damages over its use of “Fantasy” in the marketing of adult novelty items.

The case is Fantasy House Inc. v. Fantasysrus2 LLC, 13-cv-03164, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.

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Content Owners Win Takedown Orders Against DVDFab

Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator LLC, a group of content creators and technology companies that produce digital-rights protection, persuaded a federal judge to order banks, EBay Inc.’s PayPal, Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc., and social media to quit providing services to a company that offered software intended to circumvent anti-copying technology in recorded media.

The court in New York also ordered domain-name registries to disable Internet domain names associated with the company, DVDFab.

The order came in a copyright case filed Feb. 21. DVDFab, which sold the software through at least 26 websites, didn’t make an appearance in the case.

Among the members of AACS are Intel Corp., Walt Disney Co., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Brothers.

The case is Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrators LLC v. Shen, 14-cv-01112, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage

Fracking Fluid Recipes Get No Blanket Protection in Wyoming

The Wyoming Supreme Court said a lower court erred when it said recipes for fluids used to fracture rock formations in gas and oil exploration are exempt from freedom of information requests, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

The high court ruled yesterday that lower courts must decide on a case-by-case basis whether a particular fracking fluid ingredient list is a trade secret, the newspaper said.

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