Green Cross Drug, HarperCollins: Intellectual Property

Green Cross Holdings Corp., a Korean company with pharmaceutical holdings, lost its appeal of denial of a patent in India for a hemophilia drug, the Hindu newspaper reported.

The Indian Intellectual Property Appellate Board said that the drug failed to “constitute a patentable contribution,” according to the newspaper.

The board said the product wasn’t sufficiently different from other previous inventions, according to the Hindu.

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WebMD Accuses Everyday Health of Unauthorized Use of Trademarks

WebMD Health Corp., an Internet-based provider of health information, sued Everyday Health Inc.’s Everyday Health Media unit for trademark infringement.

According to a complaint filed June 19 in New York federal court, Everyday Health used the WebMD trademarks on its web pages without authorization. Everyday Health is using Internet ads to bring consumers to its website who are actually searching for WebMD’s “Symptom Checker” feature, WebMD said in its pleadings.

Everyday Health did not respond immediately to an e-mailed request for comment.

WebMD is seeking a court order barring further unauthorized use of its marks and money damages.

The case is WebMD LLC v. Everyday Health Media LLC, 1:13-04446, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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HarperCollins Seeks Excessive Damages, Open Road Says in Filing

Open Road Integrated Media LLC, a digital publisher, said in a June 20 court filing that the money damages and attorney fees HarperCollins Publishers LLC is seeking in a copyright dispute are overreaching and “extreme.”

The case, filed in December 2011, is over New York-based Open Road’s publication of what it says was an authorized edition of the late Jean Graighead George’s young-adult book “Julie of the Wolves.” Open Road said it completed a license agreement with the author, “who believed she had retained e-book rights.”

New York’s HarperCollins said the e-book infringed, claimed the infringement was deliberate and asked for $1.1 million.

The case is HarperCollins Publishers LLC v. Open Road Integrated Media LLP, 1:11-cv-09499, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

Changes in Russian IP Law Might Paint Tweeters as Infringers

A proposed amendment of Russia’s intellectual-property law might leave users of Twitter Inc.’s short-messaging service liable for copyright infringement when they re-tweet text created by others, according to the Moscow Times.

Although the proposed change was initially to apply only to full-length literary texts, Russia’s Culture and Communications ministries rejected this limitation, according to the newspaper.

Russian Deputy Communications Minister Alexei Volin said that despite the measure’s proposed wording, he didn’t expect that “serious copyright holders” would go after those who post others’ tweets, the Moscow Times reported.

Ivan Zasursky, who heads Russia’s Internet Publishers Association, said the new bill might leave people vulnerable to scams comparable to patent trolling through which fees would be sought from supposed violators, according to the newspaper.

Trade Secrets

Ex-Microsoft Employee Sentenced for Theft of Trade Secrets

A former Microsoft Corp. employee, who pleaded guilty to trade-secret theft, was given a three-month prison sentence, according to a court filing.

Alex Kibkalo, a Russian national who began working for Microsoft in 2005 as a senior software architect, pleaded guilty to taking Microsoft data and giving it without authorization to a technology blogger in France. The data included pre-release software updates for Windows 8 devices and the Microsoft Activation Server Software Development Kit.

In a court filing, Kibkalo said his case “proves that smart people sometimes do dumb things.” A negative reaction to a poor performance review triggered his actions, according to the filing.

As Kibkalo had been in custody for 84 days, all parties agreed his sentence was covered by time served. He is to be deported to Russia, according to court papers.

Kibkalo filed a handwritten letter to the court in which he said that he deeply regretted his action and “moreover, having done that, I have lost a job one can only dream about.” He said he’s thinking of publishing a book about his mistakes.

The case is U.S.A. v. Alex A. Kibkalo, 2:14-cr-00087, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington (Seattle)