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Facebook, Ferrari Sued for Seizing Fan Pages

A Swiss father and his son who gained millions of Facebook Inc. followers through their Ferrari SpA fan pages sued the social media company and the carmaker claiming they teamed up to illegally seize control of the websites. The lawsuit …

Cybercrime Thefts Reach $445 Billion

Cybercrime remains a growth industry. That’s the main message from former U.S. intelligence officials, who in a report outlined scenarios for how $445 billion a year in trade theft due to computer hackers will worsen. They warned that financial companies, …

Adjuster Claims He’s Up for Lengthy Battle with Nationwide Over ‘On Your Side’ Slogan

A Tennessee adjuster sued by Nationwide Insurance for alleged trademark infringement because he used the company’s slogan, On Your Side, in his firm’s name and marketing, is fighting back in court and on the web. Jeremy Snyder, owner of On …

Samsung, Apple Both Infringed on Smartphone Patents

A jury determined Friday that Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents and awarded $120 million in damages. The panel delivered its verdict in federal court San Jose in the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants. It also ruled that Apple …

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 …