Mondelez, Anheuser-Busch: Intellectual Property

Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Mondelez International Inc., maker of Cadbury, Toblerone and Freia chocolate and Oreo cookies, is seeking a patent on a process that will reduce chocolate’s fat and caloric content.

The application discloses an invention that uses liquids such as fruit juices including orange, cranberry, lemon, apple, pineapple, and lime or apricot nectar. The process can also be used in soft drinks such as cola, ginger beer and lemonade.

The liquids are emulsified, with tiny particles of the juice replacing fat molecules, according to the application.

Mondelez, of Deerfield, Illinois, said in the application that the process can also prevent chocolate “bloom,” the white flecking that can occur on chocolate when it stands on the shelf.

Apple May Bring Siri to Desktops, Patent Application Hints

Apple Inc.’s Siri, the voice of the iPhone’s navigation and digital assistant system, may be coming to the desktop if a newly published patent application is any indication.

Application 20140218372, published in the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Aug. 7, covers what Cupertino, California-based Apple calls an “intelligent digital assistant in a desktop environment.”

Apple said in the application that because desktop computers have a larger display, and more memory and processing power compared to mobile devices, the desktop digital assistant could have capabilities beyond what Siri offers in the iPhone.

Application for the patent was filed in February, 2014, according to the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Siri’s voice was identified by CNN in October 2013 as belonging to Atlanta resident Susan Bennett.

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This Bud Slogan Not for Brigham Young University, School Decides

Brigham Young University, the private college operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, has had to quit selling merchandise marked with the slogan “Rise as One,” selected for the 2014 football season, the school’s Digital Universe campus news website reported.

Potential trademark problems, and possible conflict with the Provo, Utah-based school’s no-alcohol policy, are the reason for the change, according to Digital Universe.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV registered the phrase as a trademark in 2013 and used it to promote Budweiser beer during soccer’s World Cup competition this year, Digital Universe reported.

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Square Enix Recalls Comic After Copyright Infringement Claims

Square Enix Holdings Co., a Japanese maker of computer games, has voluntarily recalled all print copies of a comic -- known in Japan as manga -- following a police raid related to copyright issues, Anime News Network reported.

SNK Playmore KK had claimed the manga infringed copyrights to its “Samurai Spirits (Samurai Shodown)” game, according to Anime News Network.

Additionally, Square Enix put a hold on the digital release of the manga, without acknowledging copyright infringement, the website reported.

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Trade Secrets

Chemworld Sued For Trade Secret Misappropriation by Competitor

Chemworld International Ltd., a New Jersey-based supplier of chemicals and pigments, was sued for trade-secret misappropriation by an Illinois competitor.

In a complaint filed in Indiana federal court in Hammond Aug. 5, Apex Colors Inc. claimed that its former president surreptitiously supplied Chemworld with data, including color standards and formulations, even while he was working for Apex. Two Chemworld officers are also defendants in the suit.

The former employee is not a party to the litigation because he is the debtor in a related bankruptcy case under automatic stay, according to court papers.

Chemworld didn’t respond immediately to an e-mailed request for comment.

The case is Apex Colors Inc., v. Chemworld International Ltd., 2:14-cv-00273, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana (Hammond).

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