A settlement has been reached in the patent dispute between SecureBuy, LLC, and Ohio-based CardinalCommerce Corporation. In November 2013, SecureBuy initiated a lawsuit against Cardinal in a federal court that contested the latter's patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Both organizations deal in online security. SecureBuy, a security firm with an emphasis on safeguarding online purchases, has since acknowledged the validity of Cardinal's patents and withdrawn its litigation. The issue concerned Cardinal's inventions concerning the Universal Merchant Platform and its role in authenticating payments on the Internet.
Ohio fans of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries may be aware of a copyright dispute involving the estate of the author of the series. Descendants of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle plan to appeal a ruling by a federal judge in Chicago that allows authors and publishers to use the character in their own works. The copyrights have expired for most of the novels and stories featuring Holmes and Dr. Watson. Ten stories remain copyrighted until as late as 2022.
A defunct funeral home owner in Ohio was charged with theft and fraud after accepting payments from clients. The 45-year-old woman was indicted Dec. 20 on 51 counts that included engaging in corrupt activity, tampering with records and violation of pre-needs contracts. The woman owned and operated the funeral home with her husband.
Marvin Gaye's family has sued Robin Thicke over copyright infringement because they allege the singer has borrowed the deceased artist's work a little too closely. According to the lawsuit, Thicke's hit song "Blurred Lines" plagiarizes Gaye's 1977 chart-topping hit "Got to Give it Up." The October 2013 lawsuit also alleges that Thicke's 2011 celebrated song "Love After War" was too similar to Gaye's 1976 release "After the Dance." Ohio residents interested in the marriage of pop culture and business litigation could find this lawsuit interesting.
Harper Lee, the 87-year-old-author of the iconic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird", reached a settlement in a copyright theft lawsuit that she had filed earlier this year against her former agent who she contended had conned her out of her copyright interest in her novel. "To Kill a Mockingbird", first published in 1960, is considered to be one of the greatest novels in the history of American fiction.
Inventors and consumers in Ohio may have heard of 'patent trolls." The common perception of a patent troll is someone who files a baseless suit for patent infringement, hoping that the defendant in the suit will settle for a sizable sum rather than pay the legal costs involved in defending against such frivolous suits. Some individuals or organizations do this by purchasing patents from original inventors cheaply and then suing large enterprises that manufacture devices similar to their patents.