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NGOs press drug firm Gilead over potential virus treatment

Geneva - More than 150 organisations and individuals on Monday urged US biotechnology firm Gilead not to enforce exclusivity over a drug that might be used to treat COVID-19 patients.

Greta Thunberg patents own name and 'Fridays for Future'

Stockholm - Teen eco warrior Greta Thunberg said Wednesday she has registered both her own name and her "Fridays For Future" global protest movement as trademarks in order to prevent them from being hijacked for fraudulent purposes.

Bruce Lee’s daughter sues fast food chain for using father's image

Shanghai - A company run by Bruce Lee's daughter is suing a Chinese fast food chain for allegedly using an image of the late martial arts film star without permission.

Expanded UN geographical trademarks to take effect

Geneva - An international system that broadens protections for brands which identify their products based on geographical origin, like Scotch whiskey or Tequila, will come into force after the EU signed on, the UN said Tuesday.

China's top court to handle intellectual property appeals

Bejing - China's top court will rule on intellectual property cases for the first time from January 1, the government said, elevating the handling of an issue that has become a key complaint in the trade war with the US.

Apple risks iPhone ban in Germany after court case loss

Berlin - A German court on Thursday found in favour of US chipmaker Qualcomm in a patent dispute case against Apple, which could lead to a ban on sales of iPhones in Germany.

China court bans iPhone sales in patent dispute: Qualcomm

Washington - A Chinese court ordered a ban in the country on iPhone sales in a patent dispute between US chipmaker Qualcomm and Apple, according to a Qualcomm statement Monday.

Cyprus opposition cheesed off over halloumi trademark fiasco

Nicosia - Cyprus on Monday dismissed opposition calls to sack its commerce minister after a government blunder saw it lose the trademark rights to its famous white cheese halloumi in Britain.

Kim Dotcom loses New Zealand extradition appeal

Wellington - Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom suffered a major setback in his epic legal battle against online piracy charges Thursday when New Zealand's Court of Appeal ruled he was eligible for extradition to the United States.

Apple and Samsung battle comes to an end

Apple and Samsung have ended their bitter smartphone patent fight after seven long years, although the nature of the settlement has not been disclosed.

Apple and Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent battle

San Francisco - Apple and Samsung have ended a years-long patent battle over copied iPhone design with an undisclosed settlement, according to a US court filing Tuesday.

'Look Away': Songwriter sued over Chicago hit

Los Angeles - Thirty years after the band Chicago hit number one with the ballad "Look Away," a man who was just a teen back then is suing to say that he wrote the song.

Apple-Samsung iPhone design copying case goes to jury

San Jose - Jurors return to a Silicon Valley courtroom Monday to put a price on patented iPhone design features copied by Samsung in a legal case dating back seven years.

US launches WTO challenge against China

Washington - The United States launched Friday a challenge at the World Trade Organization against China over intellectual property breaches, a statement said.

Apple's $120 mn patent award from Samsung upheld by top US court

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld a $120 million patent award Samsung was ordered to pay Apple in the latest ruling in a series of legal skirmishes between the top two smartphone makers.

Google asks US court to block Canadian global delisting order

Washington - Google on Tuesday asked a California court to block an order from Canada that would require the US internet giant to remove a website from worldwide search results.

Cardinal choler over copyright of Mother Teresa's sari

Rome - The famous white sari with three blue borders worn by saint Mother Teresa has been copyrighted by nuns, and one of the Vatican's top cardinals is not pleased.

Qualcomm steps up legal battle with Apple, asks iPhone ban

Washington - Qualcomm on Thursday escalated its legal battle with Apple, filing a patent infringement lawsuit and requesting a ban on the importation of some iPhones, claiming unlawful and unfair use of the chipmaker's technology.

Visual artists demand 'fair' share of sales

Geneva - When Canadian Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak sold her print "Enchanted Owl" in 1960, she pocketed $24, but when the piece was resold at auction in 2001 for nearly $59,000, she received nothing.

Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US: NZ court

Wellington - New Zealand's High Court ruled Monday that Kim Dotcom was eligible for extradition to the United States over online piracy allegations linked to his now-defunct Megaupload web empire.

Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US: NZ court

Wellington - New Zealand's High Court ruled Monday that Kim Dotcom was eligible for extradition to the United States over online piracy allegations linked to his now-defunct Megaupload web empire.

Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US: NZ court

Wellington - New Zealand's High Court ruled Monday that Kim Dotcom was eligible for extradition to the United States over online piracy allegations linked to his now-defunct Megaupload web empire.

Amazon patents noise-cancelling headphones with hazard alerts

Amazon has been granted a patent for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that can automatically mute themselves when in an emergency situation. They solve the problem of headphones disconnecting you from your surroundings, keeping you aware of hazards.

Kim Dotcom to revive Megaupload

Wellington - Internet mogul Kim Dotcom has announced plans to relaunch his Megaupload empire in 2017, exactly five years after US authorities shut it down over allegations of massive copyright piracy.

Man says he invented the iPhone 20 years ago, sues Apple for $10b

A man has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging the company's iPhone, iPad and iPod products infringe on his designs for an "Electronic Reading Device" created over 20 years ago. He is seeking over $10 billion in damages from the company.

Samsung patents smartwatch that projects display onto your hand

Samsung has developed a concept smartwatch that projects an image of its display onto the wearer's hand. The idea increases the size of the display, letting developers create more complex apps and allowing users to type with more precision.

Gilead wins controversial patent for hepatitis drug

Non-governmental organizations and health campaigns have reacted with dismay to the news that the drugs company Gilead has secured a patent for a hepatitis drug to be marketed in India.

Facebook wins China trademark suit

Bejing - US social network Facebook has won a trademark case in China against a local company, state media reported Monday, weeks after a court ruled against tech giant Apple in a similar suit over its iPhone brand.

Apple could tell you when autocorrect destroys a text message

Autocorrect can dramatically speed up typing speed on mobile devices. It's not without its problems though and can insert a wrong correction or autocorrect things that should be left alone. Apple wants to fix that, letting you know when it makes mistakes.

U.S. judge bans sale of Samsung phones in meaningless patent case

Apple has won a victory in its patent dispute with Samsung as a U.S. court has ruled Samsung should be banned from selling its smartphones in the country. The case is meaningless though because the phones are all years old and the patents almost invalid.
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