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Op-Ed: The patent gene debate: who owns your genes?

The Federal Court of Australia has rejected an appeal of a ruling that allows companies to patent isolated human genes. This reignites the debate: who owns your genes - you or the company that extracts them?

Microsoft files patent for touchscreen game control layout

Microsoft has filed a patent for a new control scheme for touchscreen mobile devices that resembles console controllers with two 'thumbsticks' at the bottom corners of the screen and what can only be called shoulder buttons at the top of the display.

Apple and Google make peace — for now

Smartphone companies Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss lawsuits they had brought against each other over technology patents. This brings to an end years of arguing in the courts.

Apple, Google call truce in smartphone patent war

San Francisco - Google and Apple, the two technology titans behind the world's top smartphone platforms, called a truce in a long-running patent war.

Microsoft apparently planning a smartwatch for two years now

Surprise surprise, Microsoft is in the smartwatch race as well, at least that's what their patent shows. Can they actually deliver the smartwatch they're planning on? If they can, it could be smarter than all of its competitors.

Mixed verdict in Samsung-Apple patent trial

San Jose - Jurors ordered Samsung to pay just a fraction of the big-money damages sought by Apple in a high-stakes Silicon Valley case over smartphone patents.

Setback for Haribo in battle with Switzerland's Lindt

Frankfurt - German sweets maker Haribo suffered a legal setback Friday when a court ruled that Swiss chocolate maker Lindt is not infringing on the patent of Haribo's "gold bear" jellies.

India drugs giant rejects Novartis patent accusations

New Delhi - Leading Indian drug company Biocon on Friday rejected allegations by Novartis that it infringed on the Swiss pharmaceutical giant's patent for its blockbuster diabetes drug Galvus.

Geneva fair showcases all the inventions you need, and more

Geneva - His eyes hidden by sunglasses, the soft-spoken African gestured at the model camel on his table, its hump hidden by a mysterious contraption topped with a windmill.

Apple, Samsung trade barbs as new patent trial opens

San Jose - Lawyers for Apple and Samsung exchanged barbs as a major new patent trial opened, debating the role of a company not even part of the case -- Google.

Apple, Samsung trade barbs as new patent trial opens

San Jose - Lawyers for Apple and Samsung exchanged barbs as a major new patent trial opened Tuesday, and debated the role of a company not even part of the case -- Google.

Chipmaker Marvell told to pay $1.5 bn in patent case

New York - Semiconductor firm Marvell Technology Group has been ordered to pay $1.54 billion for patent violations in a case brought by Carnegie Mellon University.

Apple vs Samsung case to start before fresh jury

San Francisco - Jurors were selected on Monday for a high stakes patent battle between smartphone rivals Apple and Samsung, setting the stage for attorneys to open fire regarding who copied innovations.

Top US court sifts arguments on software patents

Washington - The US Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether patents can be enforced for software-created business practices, in a case likely to have a big impact on the tech sector.

Jack Daniel's angers rivals over 'Tennessee whiskey' rule

New York - For Jack Daniel's, Tennessee's world-famous corn-based whiskey should be made according to a strict recipe -- basically, its own.

ISPs must play part in online copyright clampdown, EU court says

Luxemburg - Internet service providers can be legally required to deny their customers access to websites which infringe copyright, a European Union court ruled on Thursday.In a decision with implications for European Internet service providers (ISPs), the Court o...

Web domain name revolution could hit trademark defence: UN

Geneva - The mass expansion of Internet domain names could cause havoc for the defence of trademarks in cyberspace, the UN's intellectual property body warned on Monday."We have this extraordinary expansion that is going on," said Francis Gurry, head of the Wor...

Global patent filings jump 5.1% in 2013: WIPO

Geneva - The United States and China helped drive international patent filings to a record level last year, and cross-border applications surged to more than 200,000, the World Intellectual Property Organisation said on Thursday.Innovation in engine technology ...

Pfizer to appeal loss of Celebrex patent

New York - Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said on Wednesday it will appeal a US federal court's refusal to extend patent protection for its blockbuster Celebrex drug used to treat arthritis.Pfizer said the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia inval...

Judge rejects Apple bid to ban Samsung devices

San Francisco - A federal judge Thursday rejected Apple's request to ban an array of Samsung smartphones and tablets found to have infringed on patents held by the US tech giant.US District Judge Lucy Koh, who oversaw the blockbuster patent trial, finalized the damage...

Australian returned as head of world intellectual property body

Geneva - An Australian lawyer and jurist, Francis Gurry, was Thursday renewed for a second term as chief of the UN's influential intellectual property agency based in Switzerland.The World Intellectual Property Organisation's (WIPO) coordination committee nomin...

Judge rejects Apple bid to ban Samsung devices

San Francisco - A federal judge Thursday rejected Apple's request to ban an array of Samsung smartphones and tablets found to have infringed on patents held by the US tech giant.US District Judge Lucy Koh, who oversaw the blockbuster patent trial, finalized the damage...

German court throws out lawsuits against Apple

Berlin - A German court threw out on Friday two copyright violation lawsuits against US tech giant Apple by German firm IPCom."Both suits were rejected. IPCom can now appeal against the verdict," a spokesman for the court in Mannheim told AFP.

Apple, Samsung fail to settle patent case

New York - Apple and its South Korean rival Samsung will return to court next month after failing to agree on a settlement to end a legal battle over patents in the United States.The two firms had been pushed into talks by a court order that saw Apple CEO Tim Coo...

German court to rule on Apple lawsuit end-February

Frankfurt - A German court said Tuesday it will issue its verdict on a copyright violation lawsuit against US tech giant Apple by a German firm at the end of the month.

HTC, Nokia reach settlement on patent lawsuits

Taipei - Taiwan's smartphone maker HTC said Saturday it has signed a patent and technology collaboration agreement with Finnish phone giant Nokia to end all pending patent litigation between them.

US drops antitrust probe of Samsung over patents

San Francisco - US Department of Justice officials on Friday dropped an antitrust investigation into whether Samsung abused essential mobile gadget patents in its ongoing battle with Apple.

Apple risks hefty fee in Germany patent trial

Berlin - Apple is caught up in a new patent battle in Germany, risking a 1.5-billion-euro fine at a trial over the iPhone's emergency phone-dialling feature, the regional court of Mannheim said on Wednesday.German patent-holding company IPCom is demanding 1.

Twitter gets 900 patents, ends dispute with IBM

New York - Twitter has acquired more than 900 patents from computing giant IBM, ending a dispute between the two companies, a joint announcement said Friday.

Sanofi sues Eli Lilly for patent infringement

Paris - French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has said it is suing US rival Eli Lilly in an American court for infringing four patents relating to its diabetes treatments.
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