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Stories with subject: Intellectual property
  • Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:40 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.

  • Merriman suing Nike over Lights Out name 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 9:02 pm
  • SAN DIEGO - Former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman is suing Nike for trademark infringement and unfair competition over its Lights Out apparel line.

  • Authors Guild asks US court to rule against Google 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 6:16 pm
  • NEW YORK - Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project.

  • Gummy bear loses latest round in copyright fight 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 10:10 am
  • BERLIN - Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Spruengli AG has won the latest round in its battle of the bears against Germany's Haribo GmbH.

  • Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 12:56 am
  • SAN JOSE, California - So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

  • Nokia gets Chinese approval for Microsoft deal 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 1:40 pm
  • HELSINKI - Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the 5.4 billion-euro ($7.3 billion) deal.

  • Studios sue defunct website for infringement 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 10:55 am
  • ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - Hollywood studios are suing the defunct file-sharing website Megaupload and its founder, Kim Dotcom, claiming the website facilitated massive copyright infringement.

  • New Hampshire bill aims to nip false patent claims 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 11:16 am
  • CONCORD, New Hampshire - Lawmakers are considering making it harder for companies with false patent claims - known as patent trolls - to demand that businesses pay licensing fees or be sued.

  • Schlafly beer trademark flap headed to trial 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 1:08 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - A family dispute between a prominent conservative activist in St. Louis and her beer-making nephew is headed to federal trademark court.

  • Samsung: Patents developed by Google engineers 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 8:19 pm
  • SAN JOSE, California - Samsung fired back at Apple's accusations of patent theft Tuesday, saying the South Korean tech giant didn't write any of the Android software on its smartphones and tablets, Google did.

  • Judge awards CMU $1.54B in Marvell patent dispute 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 1:34 pm
  • NEW YORK - A court has awarded Carnegie Mellon University $1.54 billion in a patent dispute with chip maker Marvell Technology.

  • Supreme Court could limit software patents 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 5:01 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry?

  • BlackBerry wins ruling against iPhone keyboard 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 4:18 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a startup co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest.

  • Va. copyright suit against Bieber, Usher dismissed 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 1:31 pm
  • NORFOLK, Virginia - A judge has dismissed a $10 million lawsuit that claimed Justin Bieber and Usher copied parts of a song written by two Virginia songwriters.

  • Va. copyright suit against Bieber, Usher dismissed 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 1:12 pm
  • NORFOLK, Virginia - A $10 million lawsuit that claimed Justin Bieber and Usher stole two Virginia songwriters' song has been dismissed.

  • Court: Company can move forward with Lexmark suit 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 10:41 am
  • WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a competitor of printer maker Lexmark International Inc. can move forward with a lawsuit accusing the company of disparaging its business.

  • IOC opposes bid to patent 4-ring Olympic logo 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 1:00 pm
  • LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The IOC will oppose a reported bid by a Russian businessman to trademark the four-ring Olympic symbol displayed at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games.

  • Inventor battling US over patents sought in 1970s 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 11:09 am
  • LAS VEGAS - An inventor in Las Vegas with more than 70 patents to his credit is suing federal patent officials, claiming they're improperly stalling decisions on two applications he submitted more than 40 years ago.

  • E-Trade's talking baby goes bye-bye 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 4:28 pm
  • NEW YORK - The E-Trade baby will finally stop talking.