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Apple sued by a Canadian company for an infringing patent on iPhone cameras

As reported by Bloomberg Law, a portal dedicated to legal news, Apple is facing a lawsuit from ImmerVision, a Canadian technology company specializing in image processing and wide-angle lenses, alleging that the giant would have incorporated one of its inventions into the cameras of devices ranging from the iPhone 11, 12 Mini, 13 Pro Max to the iPad 2021. The lawsuit was brought in October and, more recently, part of this equipment was included in the action.

The technology employed by Apple would violate a patent granted to the Canadian company in 2005. In this, the principle would have been broken with “objective lens structures that compress the center and edges of an image, while expanding an intermediate zone”.

Presumably, then, the ultra-angle sensor on Apple devices — whose 120-degree wide view is fixed by iOS — is supposed to be the problem at hand.

Through the lawsuit, ImmerVision seeks damages — in an amount not specified in the document — and an order to block future use of the invention. The official complaint was filed in Federal Court in the city of blocking the future use of his invention, according to the claim filed in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. Apple has not yet officially commented on the matter.

Source: TudoCelular

Soccer players go to court against sticker albums

A success among children, teenagers, and adults who are passionate about football, the sticker albums have become the target of hundreds of lawsuits in recent years. The reason? Players claim compensation for moral damages for appearing on the cards without prior authorization.

On the one hand, publishers claim that publications have historical and informative value. On the other hand, the sportsmen claim that their image generates profit without having endorsed the initiative and without receiving any percentage. And the fight is far from being pacified, as there are favorable and unfavorable decisions for both parties, depending on who judges.

At the São Paulo Court of Justice, only in November, at least 20 lawsuits related to this were ruled. The discussion is not new and processes like these have always existed, not only about print magazines but also video games. However, these processes have become more and more frequent from 2019 onwards.

Sometimes, players get damages – which usually range between U$ 881 and U$ 1,763. In others, compensation is denied. The result is divergent depending on the understanding of the collegiate responsible for judging the demand.

Source: Metrópoles


Cannabis for athletes can move more than US 162 million per year in Brazil

Last Tuesday, December 7th, Kaya Mind, a Brazilian consultancy specializing in the cannabis market, presented the newest study: “Cannabis and Sports”. The unprecedented survey sent first-hand to Cannabiz, indicates that the sports segment can generate business of more than US 162 million per year for medicines and herbal products. This amount, according to the company, would bring a collection of US 53 million in annual taxes for the public coffers.

Projections of this type in the world of cannabis are usually optimistic and take into account a series of factors that are not always confirmed, as they depend on regulation and acceptance by doctors, patients, and other consumers. Even so, the document points to yet another global trend and reinforces the potential of cannabis in an aspect still little explored in Brazil. In the rest of the world, the interest of athletes, amateurs and professionals, for the benefits of the plant, mainly its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects have been growing. The evidence accumulated in research and clinical experiences even led the always rigorous world anti-doping agency (WADA) to remove cannabidiol (CBD) from the list of prohibited substances during competitions. At the Tokyo Olympic Games, held this year as a result of the pandemic, therapeutic cannabis was already released to alleviate pain and speed up the recovery of competitors.

The Kaya Mind report, which was released and made available for free on December 7th, used official sources that were based on research and internal metrics from the consultancy. To project the market size, 24 relevant sports in Brazil were selected and the three profiles of athletes with the greatest potential to use cannabis medicinally. In addition, 15 sociocultural, economic, and physiological factors of each of the modalities were considered for the analysis, which considered a projection of average consumption per person, treatment period, and the average value of the milligram of oils with CBD available in Brazil.

With these data, Kaya Mind projects that the consumption of plant derivatives among athletes of different levels (professionals, amateurs, and casual) has the potential to move US 162.8 million per year in the country, of which US 53.7 million would be collected annually in the form of taxes.

Source: Veja


Anvisa approves 8th medicinal product based on ‘Cannabis’

On December 1st, Anvisa published the eighth health authorization for a cannabis-based product.

It is an oral solution under the name Cannabidiol Verdemed 23.75 mg/mL.

The product can be sold in pharmacies and drugstores from a medical prescription through a type B prescription (blue).

The product is manufactured in Colombia.

At the end of 2019, Anvisa authorized the sale of cannabis-based products in pharmacies, provided that the substrate or the entire product is imported. Marijuana cultivation remains prohibited.

Source: O Antagonista


Mastercard requests trademark registration in Brazil and quotes cryptocurrencies

In recent days, Mastercard filed in Brazil a trademark application, which quotes cryptocurrencies in the specification of services.

The company processes payments in various ways on its network and held recently a closed press event to discuss the relationship with cryptocurrencies.

Along with Visa, Mastercard is one of the main flagship companies in the financial market.

At the end of last October, it is worth reminding that the company drew worldwide attention by claiming that it would process Bitcoin in its global payments network, which could reach millions of businesses. For this reason, it has a partnership with Bakkt.

What does Mastercard’s trademark application in Brazil mention about cryptocurrencies?

Mastercard International Incorporated has applied for its trademark registration in Brazil. The application was filed on October 27, and the application was recently published for opposition purposes within a 60-day term. Anyway, what draws attention to the request is that the company is willing to use its trademark in the Brazilian cryptocurrency market.

Among the services that Mastercard could provide are payments in cryptocurrencies, exchange (negotiation, purchase, and sale), and also the provision of financial information to the sector.

“cryptocurrency payment processing services; cryptocurrency exchange services with blockchain technology; providing financial information in the area of ​​cryptocurrency”.

It is worth reminding that Mastercard owns CipherTrace, a company that tracks cryptocurrencies, also acquired in 2021, which makes clear the giant’s plans for the sector.

In a recent conversation with the press, Walter Pimenta, Vice President of Mastercard in Latin America and the Caribbean, explained that the company already operates in the cryptocurrency sector in El Salvador, a country that made Bitcoin legal tender in recent months. In addition, he recalled that the company must support both cryptocurrencies, CBDCs, and private stable coins.

Mastercard movement happens days after Visa

It is worth reminding that Mastercard’s movement in Brazil is important to show that the company is already prepared to operate in the cryptocurrency sector, as well as its main competitor, Visa.

That’s because, on November 17, Visa also applied for registration to process cryptocurrency payments in the country, which is named as the largest Bitcoin market in Latin America.

In other words, the two main flags of the financial market arrive in the country, which may soon see solutions coming to trade, as is already done in other countries.

Source: LiveCoins