The Scottish scientists famous for concocting “Dolly” the sheep lost a bid for U.S. patent protection for a method of cloning, as a court said their animal creations are just genetic copies of naturally occurring beings.
The Roslin Institute in Edinburgh argued that, while the sheep used to create Dolly in 1996 could not be patented, the resultant clones are eligible because they are the “product of human ingenuity.” The U.S. Court of Appeals specializing in patent cases disagreed.
In an opinion posted on its website yesterday, the court upheld the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s rejection of an application by Roslin. Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk wrote that “Dolly’s genetic identity to her donor parent renders her unpatentable.”
The case is In Re Roslin Institute (Edinburgh), 2013-1407, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington).
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Gazal Unit Apologizes to Hells Angels for Emblem T-shirt Sales
Gazal Corp. Ltd. (GZL)’s Trade Secret unit apologized to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club over the sale of shirts bearing emblems that resembled the California biker group’s death-head insignia, Australia’s Brisbane Times reported.
The biker club threatened to file a trademark suit against the Australian clothing retailer and demanded a public apology in addition to a confidential settlement of the dispute, according to the Times.
In earlier trademark suits, the Hells Angels successfully took on the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen over a clothing collection and toy retailer Toys R Us Inc., which was selling a yo-yo with a death-head design, the newspaper reported.
California Fake-Goods Importers Sentenced to Prison
Kevin “Peter” Wang, of Rosemead, California, was sentenced to 31 months in prison for coordinating the importation of 11 containers of fake clothing, including counterfeit Nike Inc. (NKE:US), Gucci and Coach Inc. (COH:US) products, valued at more than $2.3 million, the government said.
Wang also must pay a $10,000 fine and $50,000 in restitution and serve six months of home detention at the end of his prison term, according to a statement yesterday.
Hamlet Ayvazyan of Glendale, California, was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine for importing fake wheel rims from China through his company, Speedvision Motorsport. He paid $100 for each wheel and sold them for $200, while the manufacturer’s price for legitimate rims was as much as $2,000, according to the government.
The Wang case is U.S.A. v. Wang, 12-cv-00690, and the Ayvazyan case is U.S.A. v. Ayvazyan, 13-cr-00130, both in U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).
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UMG Claims Provider of In-Flight Music Infringes Copyrights
Universal Music Group Inc. sued a provider of in-flight music for copyright infringement.
The suit, filed May 5 in Los Angeles federal court, alleges that Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. used “many hundreds” of sound recordings and musical compositions without authorization. Global Eagle’s use of the content has persisted despite its having been told to stop, the music company said.
Los Angeles-based Global Eagle did not respond immediately to an e-mailed request for comment.
The case is UMG Recordings Inc. v. Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., 2:13-cv-03466, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).
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County Claims Jail Medical Detox Protocols Are Trade Secrets
Medical protocols and drug lists used for inmates undergoing drug and alcohol detoxification at Bucks County correctional facilities are trade secrets and will not be released to the public, Bucks County officials said, the Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Intelligencer newspaper reported.
The county claims these are part of internal procedures developed by Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based PrimeCareMedical Inc., a provider of health-care services for the facilities, according to the Intelligencer.
Media requests for information about drug protocols were made after the second death in six months of an inmate undergoing heroin detoxification at a county facility, the Intelligencer reporter.
Israel’s Industrial Spying at High Level in U.S., Newsweek Says
Israel’s industrial espionage activities in the U.S. are “unrivaled and unseemly” and are targeting technical and industrial trade secrets, Newsweek reported.
According to the magazine, members of Congress have received classified briefings on Israeli activities that include industrial spies’ entering the U.S. as part of trade missions and with Israeli companies in joint ventures with U.S. entities.
A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy told Newsweek his country doesn’t conduct espionage in the U.S. and that the allegations are outrageous and false, according to Newsweek.
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