Google, Novartis, BRF, Vkontakte: Intellectual Property

April 4 (Bloomberg) -- A patent case over invisible dental braces is the latest arena for Google Inc.’s long-running fight with the film industry over piracy on the Internet.

Google and the Motion Picture Association of America, a Washington trade group, filed comments to the U.S. International Trade Commission taking different sides on whether the agency’s power to block imports for infringing patents applies to digital files -- such as movies or music

The case is In the Matter of Certain Digital Models, Digital Data and Treatment Plans for Use in Making Incremental Dental Positioning Adjustment Appliances, the Appliances Made Therefrom and Methods of Making the Same, 337-833, U.S. International Trade Commission (Washington).

Novartis Sues Biocon in India Over Patent for Diabetes Drug

Novartis AG filed a patent infringement suit in India against Biocon Ltd. related to a patent covering the diabetes drug vildagliptin, marketed under the trade name Galvon.

Biocon said in an e-mailed statement that it hadn’t been selling a form of the drug in India and that the suit had no effect on the company’s plans for its vildagliptin product.

Silver Peak Systems Bests Riverbed Technology in Patent Suit

Silver Peak Systems Inc., a Santa Clara, California-based producer of networking devices, won a patent-infringement case against Riverbed Technology Inc. of San Francisco.

According to the April 1 jury verdict, Riverbend infringed patent 7,945,736, and induced infringement of patent 7,948,921.

The patent dispute was over Riverbed’s RiOS and Steelhead devices. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Delaware in June 2011.

The case is Riverbend Technology Inc. v. Silver Peak Systems Inc., 11-cv-00474, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

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BRF Sued by Perdue Farms for Filing U.S. ‘Perdix’ Application

BRF SA, Brazil’s largest food processor, was sued in federal court in Maryland by Perdue Farms Inc.’s Perdue Holdings over BRF’s “Perdix” trademark.

Perdue, the Maryland-based poultry processor, said BRF is violating an agreement pertaining to the Brazilian company’s use of the mark by filing applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register it. BRF didn’t respond immediately to an e-mailed request for comment on the complaint.

The case is Perdue Holdings Inc. v. BRF SA, 14-cv-01007, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (Baltimore).

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Universal Music Sues Russia’s VKontakte Social Network on Piracy

Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group Corp. and Sony Music Entertainment filed lawsuits in Russia, alleging copyright violations by the country’s largest social network VKontakte.

The separate cases, filed in arbitration court in St. Petersburg, seek to force VKontakte to remove material of a “sample of artists” from its music service, which is “deliberately facilitating copyright piracy on a large scale,” the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said in a statement.

VKontakte, founded by entrepreneur Pavel Durov in 2006 in St. Petersburg, became Russia’s largest social network partly by offering users the opportunity to upload music and videos posted by others. The service, now controlled by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s Internet holding, Group Ltd., said it has been removing infringing content.

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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage

DuPont $919.9 Million Verdict in Kolon Kevlar Case Tossed

DuPont Co.’s $919.9 million court award against Kolon Industries Inc. over the alleged theft of trade secrets for the making of Kevlar was thrown out by a federal appeals court, eliminating the third-largest U.S. jury verdict of 2011.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, yesterday ordered a new trial, ruling that the judge in the case wrongly excluded evidence relevant to the defense. The appeals court also ordered that a new judge be assigned.

“We will continue to vigorously pursue Kolon to hold them accountable and are confident that we will prevail,” Thomas Sager, DuPont’s general counsel, said in an e-mailed statement.

The case is E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. Kolon Industries Inc., 12-01260, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Richmond).

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