Apple-Samsung, King, Kim Dotcom: Intellectual Property

March 26 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. won’t have to pay damages to Samsung Electronics Co. and didn’t infringe patents for certain products, a Tokyo court said.

Tokyo District Court Judge Koji Hasegawa said yesterday that Apple’s iPhone 4s, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 don’t infringe data communication patents of Samsung, according to a statement from the court.

Samsung and Apple, the world’s two biggest smartphone makers, have each scored victories in patent disputes fought on four continents since the maker of the iPhone accused Asia’s biggest electronics maker of “slavishly copying” its devices. The companies are competing for dominance of a global mobile market that shipped more than 1 billion devices last year.

“We are disappointed by the court’s decision,” Samsung said in an e-mailed statement. “Upon a thorough review of the ruling, we will determine which measures to take, including an appeal.”

Takashi Takebayashi, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Apple, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the ruling.

Cirque du Soleil Sued Over Use of Michael Jackson Hologram

Cirque du Soleil Inc., the Montreal-based circus company, was sued for infringement by the holder of two U.S. patents related to holograms for projecting an image of Michael Jackson during a show.

The circus company is accused of infringing patents 5,865,519 and 7,833,212, in a March 24 complaint in federal court in Los Angeles, Plc’s Filmon.TV NY unit, which does business as Hologram USA, is the licensee to the patents, and according to court papers has the authority to license the technology to others. The company said it was never approached by the circus about a license.

The alleged infringement takes place in the “Michael Jackson: One” show produced by Cirque du Soleil and performed at MGM Resorts International’s Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, according to the complaint. The show has gone on despite the circus’s having been put on notice that the use of the hologram infringes the patent, Filmon.TV said in its pleadings.

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

The case is Filmon.TV NY Inc. v. Cirque du Soleil Inc., 14-cv-02241, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).

For more patent news, click here.


ZeptoLab Seeks Cancellation of King Digital’s U.K. ‘Candy’ Mark

Although King Digital Entertainment Plc has backed down in its attempts to register “candy” and “saga” as U.S. trademarks, ZeptoLab is challenging the company’s U.K. registration for “candy,” CNET Australia reported.

San Francisco-based ZeptoLab’s “Cut the Rope” game, in which a player cuts a rope to feed candy to a monster, may be threatened if King Digital chooses to enforce the U.K. trademark, according to CNET Australia.

ZeptoLab has filed papers seeking cancellation of the U.K. mark, CNET Australia reported.

King Digital is the creator of Candy Crush Saga, a game that is said to earn the company more than $825,000 a day, according to CNET Australia.

For more trademark news, click here.


Kim Dotcom Seeks N.Z. Mega Listing as U.S. Extradition Looms

Kim Dotcom, an Internet entrepreneur facing extradition to the U.S. on copyright-infringement charges, is seeking to list his online storage company Mega Ltd. on the New Zealand stock exchange.

Mega will buy out listed shell company TRS Investments Ltd. through a reverse takeover in a deal valuing Mega at NZ$210 million ($179 million), the companies said March 24. While Dotcom resigned as a director of Mega in August to concentrate on fighting extradition, his wife, Mona Verga Dotcom, owns 26.5 percent of the company, according to Companies Office records.

Mega said it has about 7 million registered users of its encrypted, cloud-based storage services and that it’s signing up more than 20,000 new customers a day. It was started by Dotcom in January 2013, a year after armed police stormed his Auckland mansion over allegations his previous site, Megaupload, was the hub of the biggest copyright infringement case in U.S. history.

Mega said March 24 that it expected to release encrypted instant messaging and encrypted chat and video conferencing in the second quarter. Development of an encrypted e-mail service is also planned, Mega said.

British Library Backs Down on Mobile Phone Copyright Claim

The British Library issued a statement saying a staff member erroneously demanded on March 21 that a library patron remove a photo from a mobile phone taken of the reading room on the ground that it violated copyright law.

The photo didn’t breach copyright law, the library said, while maintaining that its ban on cameras is for reasons of privacy and consideration of other patrons.

For more copyright news, click here.

To contact the reporter on this story: Victoria Slind-Flor in San Francisco at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at Stephen Farr, Andrew Dunn

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.