CrossFit, Strand Life, Mediaset: Intellectual Property
By Victoria Slind-Flor – Feb 19, 2014 12:01 AM ET
CrossFit Inc., the strength and fitness training company, sued a former affiliate for trademark misappropriation.
Andres del Cueto Davalos, a Mexico City resident and licensed CrossFit affiliate, exceeded terms of his license to set up Internet domain names that infringe the company’s trademarks, according to the complaint filed Feb. 14 in federal court in San Jose, California.
He’s also accused of offering unauthorized CrossFit franchises to 25 fitness centers in Mexico.
Del Cueto Davalos didn’t respond immediately to an e-mail seeking comment on the lawsuit sent through his company’s website.
The case is CrossFit Inc. v. Del Cueto Davalos, 15-cv-00725, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).
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Strand Life Sciences’ Virtual Liver Awarded U.S. Patent
Strand Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. of Bangalore, India, received a U.S. patent for a method of predicting organ toxicity that can act as a “virtual liver” for testing drugs.
Patent 8,645,075, issued Feb. 4, covers a system that enables scientists to use software to predict possible liver toxicity. The information can’t be predicted for humans based on animal models, according to the patent.
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Mediaset Espana Loses Copyright Appeal Against Google’s YouTube
Earlier, the Madrid Mercantile Court ruled that Google Inc. (GOOG)’s YouTube video-sharing website wasn’t liable for users’ unauthorized posting of Telecinco’s copyright-protected content, according to Telecompaper.
Telecinco said it will ask Spain’s Supreme Court to review the appeals court ruling, Telecompaper reported.
The appeals court said it can’t order YouTube to monitor content posted on its video-sharing platform, according to Telecompaper.
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Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage
Accused Conspirators in Seed Corn Theft Now on ‘Wanted’ Posters
One person has already been arrested and accused of being part of a conspiracy to steal the intellectual property of two U.S. seed companies and warrants have been issued for the arrest of the others, the Gazette reported.
Grand Sierra Complains to Gaming Board Over Peppermill Employee
Grand Sierra Resort Corp. told the Reno Gazette Journal it lodged a complaint with the Nevada Gaming Control Board after an employee of the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino was allegedly caught using a special reset key to obtain data from Grand Sierra’s slot machines.
The Peppermill faces a potential $1 million fine for its employee’s alleged unauthorized access to slot machine data from the Grand Sierra and 10 other casinos, the newspaper reported.
Reno, Nevada-based Peppermill said in a statement that it took responsibility for the employee’s action and apologized, according to the Gazette Journal.
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