Intellectual Property

Bloomington startup cultivates patents for novel way to garden

April 20, 2016
Dave Stafford
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 29 issued a design patent for the Garden Tower 2, and other patents are pending for an invention that allows up to 50 plants to grow in a compact space that would fit on the most modest apartment patio.
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Judge clears ‘Stairway to Heaven’ copyright case for trial

April 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled.
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High court won’t hear appeal in NFL video game lawsuit

March 21, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States is staying out of a dispute between game maker Electronic Arts Inc. and former National Football League players who accuse the company of using their likenesses in the popular Madden NFL video game series without approval.
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Indiana company brings Jesse Owens to the big screen

March 9, 2016
Scott Roberts
An Indiana company that handles intellectual property rights had a big role in telling the story of one of the most influential track athletes of all time through a recently released movie.
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High court rejects appeal in Batmobile copyright case

March 7, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out of a copyright dispute involving a California man who produced replicas of the Batmobile for car-collecting fans of the caped crusader.
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High court won't hear appeal over NFL player settlement

February 29, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States turned away an appeal from three former NFL players who challenged a $42 million settlement between the league and nearly 25,000 former players over the NFL's use of player images in film footage.
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Indiana manufacturer’s ‘willful infringement’ suit set for SCOTUS argument

February 22, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana medical device maker Zimmer Inc. will be fighting for its wallet Tuesday as part of a patent dispute before the Supreme Court of the United States.
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Publisher to pay $14M in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case

February 9, 2016
 Associated Press
Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music will return $14 million in fees to settle a lawsuit that challenges its claim to "Happy Birthday," one of the world's best-known songs.
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Caterpillar loses $74.6M verdict over trade secret theft

December 22, 2015
Caterpillar Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay $74.6 million for theft of trade secrets from a British maker of earth-moving equipment.
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Patent reform law withstanding challenges

December 16, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A battle between two tech companies put a key provision of the recent patent reform law on the firing line. But intellectual property attorneys were not surprised the patent holder attempted to knock out the administrative review process or that the attempt failed.
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Schantz: Infringing IP in your home with 3-D printing

December 16, 2015
Adherence to a few principles will avoid many of the intellectual property potholes on the road of 3-D printing.
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Warr: Cybersecurity lessons learned from an ostrich

December 16, 2015
When the topic of cybersecurity arises, many companies react by burying their heads in the sand. However, playing an ostrich when it comes to cybersecurity will not save you.
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Nguyen: Banking on intellecutal property

December 16, 2015
What do startups and high-growth companies have in common? Intellectual property is their most valuable asset, separating one company from the others in a fiercely competitive tech environment.
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Class-action status granted in athletic scholarship lawsuits

December 8, 2015
 Associated Press
Class-action status has been granted by a federal judge in two lawsuits against the NCAA that claim scholarships illegally cap compensation to college athletes.
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Michael Jordan, Jewel-Osco reach settlement over use of name

November 23, 2015
 Associated Press
Spokespeople for Michael Jordan and a supermarket chain say there's a settlement regarding the alleged misuse of the basketball star's name.
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High court won't hear appeal over use of Bob Marley's image

November 2, 2015
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States Monday rejected an appeal from clothing companies that claim they have legal rights to sell shirts with the image of reggae icon Bob Marley.
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FanDuel sued by former Colt over use of name, image

November 2, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Fantasy-sports gaming site FanDuel Inc. has been sued by former Indianapolis Colts receiver Pierre Garcon over the use of his name and image, which he claims was done without his permission.
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Water flavorings lawsuit may mean end of gravy train in Texas

October 28, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Could a fight over flavoring water mean the end of a court district that’s become notorious for its patent litigation? It might, if Heartland Consumer Products Holdings LLC is successful in getting a patent-infringement lawsuit filed against it last year by Kraft Heinz Co. in Delaware moved to a court in its home state of Indiana.
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Damages dispute against Zimmer Biomet subsidiary headed to SCOTUS

October 20, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A wholly owned subsidiary of Zimmer Biomet in Warsaw, Indiana, will be arguing it should not have to pay about $248 million in a patent infringement case scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.
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Jury: Apple infringed on Wisconsin university's tech patent

October 14, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal jury has found Apple Inc. infringed on a technology patent held by the foundation that protects the University of Wisconsin's intellectual property.
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Patent hub playing matchmaker for inventors, pro bono attorneys

September 9, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Under a mandate from Congress to help independent inventors, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office started opening patent hubs around the country. The Center for Intellectual Property Research at Indiana University Maurer School of Law will be the hub serving Indiana.
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Matchmaking service unveiled for Indiana inventors and IP attorneys

September 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana University Maurer School of Law is getting into the matchmaking business.The school’s Center for Intellectual Property Research has opened a patent hub which will connect inventors with IP attorneys willing to do pro bono work.
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NCAA granted stay in O'Bannon case; payments delayed

August 3, 2015
 Associated Press
The NCAA was given a respite Friday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court delayed the implementation of possible payments to athletes for the use of their names, images and likenesses.
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Judge OKs $60 million settlement in NCAA video game case

July 20, 2015
 Associated Press
A federal judge approved a $60 million settlement for college athletes in a class-action lawsuit filed against the NCAA and video-game maker Electronics Arts.
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Taft bolsters IP practice with 10 lawyers from rival firm

June 17, 2015
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
Taft Stettinius Hollister LLP has pulled off a major coup in the Indianapolis legal community by taking half the intellectual property practice from rival law firm Krieg DeVault LLP.
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