Allergan, Soccer, Golf, Kennedy: Intellectual Property

June 11 (Bloomberg) -- Allergan Inc., maker of the Botox wrinkle treatment, lost an appeals court ruling that will let generic versions of its Latisse eyelash drug enter the market.

Two Latisse patents owned by Allergan and Duke University are invalid, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington said in an opinion posted yesterday on its website. The court threw out an order preventing Novartis AG’s Sandoz unit, Actavis Plc and Apotex Inc. from selling copycat versions.

Latisse is a variation of the Allergan drug Lumigan, which is used to treat glaucoma. The patents, which expire in 2022 and 2024, cover ways to apply the chemical compound to promote eyelash growth. The idea for the application came after researchers found that “eyelash growth was a known potential side effect” of glaucoma treatments, the court ruled.

The case is Allergan Inc. v. Apotex Inc., 13-1245, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington). The lower-court case is Allergan Inc. v. Apotex Inc., 10-cv-00681, U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina (Greensboro).

GoDaddy Gets U.S. Patent on Domain-Name Hijacking Prevention Inc., the provider of Internet domain-registration services, received a patent on a method of preventing domain-name hijacking.

Patent 8,751,685, issued yesterday, covers a “method and system for domain name protection using private domain name registration,” according to the patent.

Scottsdale, Arizona-based GoDaddy said in the patent that domain-name hijacking is a growing problem on the Internet. Hijackers may transfer the domain name to themselves or change the contact information.

The system described in the patent can protect a domain-name owner such as a celebrity from making personal contact information public. This can be done by using the contact information of the domain-name registration service rather than the domain-name owner, according to the patent.

GoDaddy applied for the patent in March 2010, according to the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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‘Ambush’ Marketing Might Doom Soccer Sponsorships in Nigeria

Official sponsors of the Nigeria Football Federation are on the verge of canceling because of ambush marketing by companies that don’t have marketing rights with the country’s governing body for soccer, Nigeria’s This Day newspaper reported.

The sponsors are objecting to a proliferation of companies using the Super Eagles team and its coaches for brand endorsements outside of official guidelines, according to This Day.

They found particularly objectionable ads from a brewery they say violate standards of the Advertising Practitioners of Nigeria, which bar the use of sports figures in ads for alcoholic beverages, the newspaper reported.

Jason Day Signs Endorsement Deal With Concur Ahead of U.S. Open

Australia’s Jason Day, the No. 7 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, signed a three-year endorsement agreement with Concur Technologies Inc., an expense-management company.

Day, a 26-year-old Australian, will wear the Bellevue, Washington-based company’s logo on his shirt beginning this week at the U.S. Open in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Financial terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed.

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Kennedy Protest Over Letters Threatens Future of Dublin School

Following the cancellation of the auction of a collection of letters written by the late Jacqueline Kennedy to an Irish priest of the Vincentian order, the college that had possession of them said it will have to close, the Irish Times reported.

Dublin’s All Hallows College, operated by the Vincentians, put the letters up for sale at Sheppard’s Irish Auction House to raise money to help keep the school in operation, according to the newspaper.

Following protests from Caroline Kennedy that she was the owner of her mother’s copyright to the letters and didn’t want them sold, Sheppard’s returned them to the Vincentians, the Times said.

The Vincentians have said they are in discussions with members of the Kennedy family over what to do with the letters, the Times reported.

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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage

Most Emirates Companies Unaware of Cybercriminals’ Attacks

As many as 90 percent of the companies in the United Arab Emirates that have been attacked by cybercriminals are unaware of the fact, the Emriates 24/7 news website reported.

Attendees at the Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference in Dubai this week were told that stricter laws may be needed to compel companies to disclose security breaches, according to Emirates 24/7.

A speaker at the conference said that news of cyber-attacks is usually leaked by an insider because there’s no initiative in the Middle East to encourage corporate disclosure, Emirates 24/7 reported.

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