NBC Seeks Escape From 'Animal Practice' IP Suit

By Matthew Heller (July 18, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT) -- NBCUniversal Media LLC urged a California federal judge Thursday to toss a copyright infringement suit over its veterinarian-themed "Animal Practice" sitcom, saying an attorney who wrote a treatment for a TV series about an animal hospital can't show the works were substantially similar.

The network argued that Paul Andre's infringement claim does not meet the extrinsic test for substantial similarity even if his idea for a show titled "PETS" was original. Andre, who practices IP law, and his DuckHole Inc. company sued NBC in November, alleging "Animal Practice" ripped off a treatment he wrote in 2010.

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