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movie, the AmeriKat
is also frozen
The latest Disney movie with less compliant fairy tale characters is Frozen which is about two sisters trying to break a curse of winter in their kingdom. The movie is also subject to a new trade mark infringement lawsuit filed by Disney in California against Phase 4 Films who is alleged to have changed the name of one of its films to Frozen Land so as to free-ride off the success of Frozen. The complaint states that:
"On November 1, 2013, less than three weeks before the Hollywood premiere of FROZEN on November 19, Phase 4 theatrically released an animated picture entitled The Legend of Sarila, which generated minimal box office revenues and received no significant attention."
|Disney's Frozen logo|
|Phase 4's revised logo|
Disney is requesting an injunction, destruction of all Frozen Land DVDs and damages and lost profits. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phase 4 has yet to comment on the lawsuit, but the AmeriKat imagines that for any defendant seeing Disney on the other side of a claim is enough to make their blood cold (or frozen).
requesting that the court declare that it does not infringe seven patents owned by the Apple and Microsoft backed consortium dubbed Rockstar. Two months ago, Rockstar commenced seven patent infringement actions against Google's customers and Google in relation to the android operating system developed by Google. In the first paragraph of the complaint Google states that:
"Rockstar's litigation campaign has placed a cloud on Google's Android platform; threatened Google's business and relationships with its customers and partners, as well as its sales of Nexus-branded Android devices."According to the complaint, Rockstar Consortium is a limited partnership organized and existing under the laws of Delaware, but based primarily in Canada. According to its website, the consortium is a "patent licensing business".
The patents at issue in the cases are old Nortel patents which included inventions for wireless, optical, voice, internet and semiconductors. In June 2011, Apple, Research in Motion and Microsoft joined forces to obtain a portfolio of patents auctioned during the bankruptcy of Nortel Networks. A company called Rockstar Bidco placed the winning of bid of $4.5 billion. The complaint records that Apple is a large shareholder in Rockstar having contributed "approximately $2.6 billion" of the winning bid and maintains a seat on Rockstar's board of directors.
Readers may remember that Google had also placed a bid on the Nortel patents (see posts here and here), but ended up acquiring the Motorola Mobility portfolio.
continues, recounting several patent infringement suits Rockstar filed against Google and other companies in October:
"Among the myriad companies ensnared in Rockstar's patent dragnet are customers and partners of Google who use the Android platform in their devices, including ASUS, HTC, Huawei, LG, Pantech, Samsung and ZTE."Last week Bloomberg reported that unnamed sources were reporting that Rockstar was holding discussions to a sell a portion of the Nortel patents, but such a sale would likely not include the patents at suit.
hold a public forum on 14 January 2014 to discuss the implementation of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012. The Act implements the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement which provides for the filing of a single international design to acquire global protection.
The Act and rules call for:
- standardizing formal requirements for international design applications
- establishing the USPTO as an office for filing international design applications
- provide for substantive examination by the Office of the applications that designate the US
- provide provisional rights for published international design applications that designate the US
- set the term of protection at 15 years
Letter from AmeriKat: Disney's Frozen, Google's Rockstar lawsuits & USPTO's Hague Agreement Reviewed by Annsley Merelle Ward on Sunday, December 29, 2013 Rating: