MoveOn, Against the Grain, Renault: Intellectual Property

March 18 (Bloomberg) --, a California-based public-policy advocacy organization, was sued for trademark infringement by Louisiana over the use of the state’s “Pick Your Passion” tourism-promotion slogan.

The suit stems from MoveOn’s alleged unauthorized use of the slogan on a billboard critical of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s opposition to Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable care Act.

The MoveOn billboard says, in part, “Pick your Passion! But hope you don’t love your health.”

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

The case is Dardenne v., 3:14-cv-00150, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana (Baton Rouge).

Against the Grain, Against All Grain Settle Trademark Dispute

Against the Grain Gourmet Foods LLC, whose gluten-free products are carried by Whole Foods Market Inc., settled a trademark suit it brought in November 2013 against a California company that had planned to use “Against All Grain” for downloadable electronic books, cookbooks and an online journal.

Terms of the settlement weren’t announced in the March 13 court filing. Against All Grain is owned by Danielle Walker, the San Francisco-based author of the cookbook “Against All Grain” featuring grain-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes.

The case is Against the Grain Gourmet Foods LLC v. Against All Grain LLC, 1:13-cv-00276, U.S. District Court, District of Vermont (Brattleboro).

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Renault SA’s Espace Design Details Discovered in Patent Images

Plans for the newest model of Renault SA’s Espace multipurpose vehicle were leaked in advance of its introduction through the use of patent images, the Motoroids website reported.

The French automaker is expected to show the vehicle for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014, according to Motoroids.

Samsung Seeks U.S. Patent on New Phone Unlocking Method

Samsung Electronics Co., the Korean maker of mobile phones and other electronic devices, applied for a patent on a method of unlocking a mobile phone through a finger movement.

Application 20140066017, published in the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office March 6, specifies that the technology would enable the user to unlock a touch screen by dragging a finger to cross a trajectory.

Samsung says this unlocking method will both prevent undesired input and be easier to use than the slide-to-unlock touch bar presently employed in some mobile phones. The company said that the present slide-to-unlock mode can fail if the finger deviates from the path indicated on the screen image of the slider bar.

The Korean company filed the application for the patent in August.

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Harold Lloyd ‘Safety Last!’ Copyright Owner Sues Clock Seller

The owner of the copyright to the 1923 Harold Lloyd silent film “Safety Last!” sued a New York company for selling a clock that features a small human figure hanging from one of its hands.

Harold Lloyd Entertainment Inc. filed a complaint March 11 in federal court in Los Angeles, accusing Cupecoy Home Fashion Inc. of infringing the film’s copyright by duplicating the film’s most famous scene.

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

The case is Harold Lloyd Entertainment Inc. v. Cupecoy Home Fashion Inc., 2:14-cv-01773, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).

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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage

LBDS Holding Is Awarded $25.3 Million in ISOL Technology Dispute

LBDS Holding Co., a developer of technology related to magnetic resonance imaging of the heart’s vascular systems, was awarded $25.2 million in a trade secrets case against South Korea’s ISOL Technology Inc.

A federal jury in Texas said March 12 that ISOL violated terms of a contract with LBDS and misappropriated the Murphy, Texas-based company’s trade secrets. The case dates back to 2011, when LBDS said that it discovered the Korean company demonstrating purloined technology at a medical trade show.

The case is LBDS Holding Co. v. ISOL Technology Inc., 6:11-cv-00428, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas (Tyler).

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