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University of California files patent infringement suit

The University of California has sued Boston Scientific and Abbot over a patent infringement disagreement. The lawsuit relates to patents that cover atrial fibrillation treatments. The companies were accused of patent violations regarding a University of California professor's method of isolating a patient's pulmonary vein through catheter ablation.

The defendants in the suit, both subsidiaries of St. Jude Medical, have submitted motions to dismiss. They say that a lot of the products the University lists in its complaint have nothing to do with the infringing functions the lawsuit references. According to the defendants, "the complaint's allegations of contributing to or actively inducing physicians' use of their devices to perform the patented method are not plausible."

Did the Unicorn Frappuccino infringe on a trademark?

The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino drew international attention for its bright colors, sweet taste and limited release. Customers crowded the Los Angeles area’s more than 100 Starbucks locations in search of the drink, which, like a unicorn, had reached almost mythical status before it was no longer available. But is the fairy tale marketing success over for Starbucks?

Unlike the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, the legal steps a company can take to protect its products and identity last for more than a few days. Yet, despite the sparkling drink’s short existence, it may have inadvertently crossed paths with another coffee shop’s trademark.

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