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Mississippi Law Protects University Intellectual Property

Mississippi lawmakers have extended trade-secret protections to universities and community colleges by exempting materials tied to any commercial, scientific or technical research from the state’s Open Records Act before the research is published. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 116 …

Vietnam Site Sued by U.S. Record Company for Copyright

A record company that accuses a Vietnamese entertainment portal of making its songs available for free download has filed suit in an American court against the U.S- venture capital firm which invested in the website, seeking millions in damages for …

Top Jury Verdict Awards in 2013

U.S. juries awarded three verdicts of $1 billion or more for the third straight year in 2013, topped by a $1.2 billion award against Dow Chemical Co., the largest ever in a price-fixing case. Second was $1.1 billion awarded by …

International Agencies Warn Against Fake Domestic Appliances and Auto Parts

A group of international partners, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), warned consumers of the dangers associated with the spread of counterfeit domestic appliances and automotive parts. Law enforcement authorities are increasingly detecting counterfeit electrical appliances, toys and body …

Could Twitter’s Patent Philosophy Backfire?

Profits aren’t the only thing lacking at Twitter Inc. ahead of its planned initial public offering. It’s got a dearth of patents, too. The microblogging service said in its prospectus last week that it has nine issued U.S. patents. That …

Mississippi Attorney General Hits Google on Guarding Intellectual Property

Attorney General Jim Hood says he’s trying to organize state attorneys general to push Google to better protect intellectual property such as music, movies and software. Hood said Monday during a luncheon sponsored by the Capitol press corps and Mississippi …

Drug Maker Novartis Loses India Patent Battle

India’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected drug maker Novartis AG’s attempt to patent an updated version of a cancer drug in a landmark decision that health activists say ensures poor patients around the world will get continued access to cheap …

IPISC Launches Latest Intellectual Property Insurance Product

Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corporation (IPISC) has launched its latest IP insurance product, InventPro Abatement Insurance, an affordable IP insurance starter plan, designed specifically to help inventors and small companies enforce their IP rights and to protect their innovations from …

Next Battle in Patent Wars: Smartphone Cases

The smartphone patent wars have lit up courtrooms around the world. Next up: the smartphone case wars. The makers of protective cases that shield cell phones from coffee spills and sticky-fingered toddlers are entangled in countless lawsuits seeking to protect …

More Than $13.6M in Fake NFL Merchandise Seized

Reporting from the National Football League conference, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton and NFL Vice President for Legal Affairs Anastasia Danias announced the record-breaking results of a nationwide enforcement operation. ‘Operation Red Zone’ targeted international shipments …