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California IP litigation: former engineer stole AR tech

A startup that wants to jump ahead of the augmented-reality competition says that a former employee has unfairly assisted a Chinese firm. Magic Leap Inc. said in an intellectual property lawsuit recently filed in California that a former engineer stole its technology for a headset that projects digital objects.

Magic Leap alleges that the former engineer, who left the company in 2016, took confidential information with him to “quickly develop a prototype of lightweight, ergonomically designed, mixed reality glasses for use with smart phones and other devices that are strikingly similar” to the startup’s designs.

California’s “Uber of weed” sued over credit card processing

California’s cannabis technology and delivery company Eaze is sometimes called “the Uber of weed.” But the flourishing firm is facing a legal challenge from a marijuana delivery competitor.

A Canada-based company, DionyMed, has filed a business lawsuit against Eaze Solutions in a California Superior Court alleging that Eaze engages in wire fraud and bank fraud when processing customers’ credit card and debit card payments for marijuana delivery.

Claims, counterclaims in breach of contract litigation

It began life as San Diego Stadium, but has gone through a laundry list of names since then, from Jack Murphy Stadium to Qualcomm Stadium to today’s SDCCU Stadium. Regardless of what you call it, the giant multi-purpose facility has more than once been the focus of litigation.

We read recently of a stadium that is almost the exact opposite of our aged stadium: the brand-new facility is at the other end of the country. But according to news reports, Dunkin’ Donuts Park is the centerpiece of bitter construction litigation involving claims of breach of contract and more.

California’s Tesla sued for breach of contract by French firm

If you drive north of San Diego for awhile on Interstate 5, you will get to Palo Alto. The city is often considered one of the centers of the high-tech industry, with companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Skype, VMware and Tesla headquartered there.

According to recent news reports, electric auto manufacturer Tesla is facing a breach of contract lawsuit over what a supplier says are unpaid bills.

“Massive piracy” leads to IP lawsuit against tech giants

“Over the Rainbow” is one of the enduring songs from a movie. It is remarkable that the song is still well known and loved 80 years after the initial release of the classic “The Wizard of Oz.”

Though composer Harold Arlen’s song has seemingly been around forever, it is not in the public domain. In fact, Arlen’s estate recently filed a 148-page intellectual property lawsuit against Google, Apple, Amazon, Pandora, Microsoft and other companies for allegedly distributing “Over the Rainbow” without paying royalties.

Guns N’ Roses files trademark suit against Colorado brewery

Legendary rock group Guns N’ Roses filed a trademark infringement lawsuit last week against Canarchy Craft Brewing Collectives’ Oskar Blues Brewery over their “Guns ‘N’ Rosé” ale. The Colorado brewery reportedly began selling Guns ‘N’ Rosé as well as accompanying merchandise in 2018 without approval from the band.

According to the band’s complaint, they attempted to resolve the issue with the CEO of Oskar Blues Brewery in December – without success. Now, they are hoping a successful lawsuit will prevent the brewery from trading on the band’s goodwill.

Hertz files breach of contract lawsuit against Accenture

One of the first things people do when they fly from San Diego to another U.S. city is to get a rental car. Because Hertz is one of the very largest car rental brands in the nation, many travelers look for its familiar yellow and black logo.

The company recently announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Accenture, its former marketing partner over what it claims is a breach of contract. Hertz wants unspecified millions of dollars in damages, as well as attorneys’ fees and related costs.

Immersion and Samsung settle patent infringement lawsuit

The recent settlement between Immersion and Samsung may be the latest in a string of good news for tech innovators. Immersion’s patent infringement case against Samsung was a classic example of an underdog standing tall against a much larger opponent. Samsung is the world’s second largest tech company, valued at more than $300 billion. Immersion is a leader in the growing haptics field and was roughly one-thousandth Samsung’s size when its suit brought Samsung to the bargaining table.

Shortly before this settlement, we saw Qualcomm strike a deal with Apple. Now, after Immersion has announced a similar concession from Samsung, innovators should feel more confident about the value of their patents, as well as their ability to defend their intellectual property.

Lawsuit seeks to protect California condors and stop construction

If you drive north from San Diego on Interstate 5 for about four hours, and then make a few twists and turns, you will arrive in Kern County. The mostly agricultural area is famous for its vegetables and fruits, but is also known as a significant producer of oil, solar power, wind power and hydro-electric power.

A recent construction lawsuit filed there by conservation and tribal groups seeks to halt a plan to build luxury housing, resort hotels and golf courses in an area that is critical habitat for California condors – the critically endangered species that is the largest North American land bird. The suit challenges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its approval of the plan and failure to adequately consult native people on the threat posed to condors by the large-scale developments.

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