Intellectual Property


  • Pfizer says AstraZeneca takeover would benefit science Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 3:54 AM ET

    LONDON, May 7- Pfizer sought to allay fears that its proposed $106 billion takeover of AstraZeneca would deal a blow to drug research, saying the new company would bolster innovative science and speed the development of new treatments. AstraZeneca, Britain's second-largest drugs company, has rejected successive approaches from its larger American rival.

  • LONDON, May 6- British lawmakers on Tuesday summoned bosses of U.S. drugmaker Pfizer to explain a $106 billion takeover bid for pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca which has raised fears over UK jobs, research and intellectual property.


  • Priceline founder: Lessons of Apple-Samsung fight Monday, 5 May 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    The Samsung-Apple litigation underscored the troubled U.S. patent system, and something worse, Priceline.com founder Jay Walker tells CNBC.

  • NEW DELHI, May 1- India has proposed holding wider bilateral talks with the United States to address concerns over intellectual property rights and access to the Indian market for U.S. firms, its commerce secretary said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- The United States has resisted lobbying by U.S. drug and pharmaceutical companies to take tougher trade action against India for its intellectual property policies, deciding against risking ties with a likely new government in New Delhi.

  • April 9- IP Group Plc. *Announces that it has signed an IP commercialisation agreement with Princeton University. *Collaboration, which has an initial pilot phase of 18 months, will focus on developing early-stage, proof of principle opportunities based on intellectual property developed at Princeton.

  • US top court weighs patent protection for software Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 7:19 AM ET
    The U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

    The U.S. Supreme Court will delve into the hotly contested question of when software is eligible for patent protection.

  • Guilty pleas in first U.S. counterfeit apps case Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 6:09 PM ET

    Nicholas Narbone, 26, of Orlando, Florida, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement in connection with his activity on behalf of the Appbucket Group, the agency said.

  • March 20- A former employee of Microsoft Corp is facing criminal charges after he allegedly passed trade secrets to a blogger in France, U.S. court documents showed.

  • UPDATE 2-Google, Viacom settle landmark YouTube lawsuit Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- Google Inc has settled a landmark copyright lawsuit in which Viacom Inc accused the Internet search company of posting its programs on the YouTube video service without permission.

  • India would not agree to tougher rules on protecting intellectual property, he added. "There are issues which India has raised where we feel there is very high and unacceptable protectionism," he told reporters in New Delhi.

  • India trade minister accuses U.S. of protectionism Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, March 4- India's trade minister launched a broadside on Tuesday against the United States, accusing Washington of trade protectionism and making it hard for Indian nationals to obtain U.S. visas. Trade Minister Anand Sharma, speaking at a news briefing, also said that India's patent law was compliant with the rules of the World Trade Organisation.

  • Kody Peterson, 22, of Clermont, Florida, was accused of conspiring with other members of the SnappzMarket Group between May 2011 and August 2012 to illegally create and distribute more than 1 million copies of Android apps without permission from the apps' software developers and copyright owners.

  • *Drug firms may threaten to cut South Africa investment. JOHANNESBURG, Jan 17- South Africa on Friday slammed global drug firms over a covert campaign against its planned overhaul of intellectual property laws to favour cheaper generic drugs, accusing pharmaceutical companies of a "satanic" plot to commit "genocide".

  • JOHANNESBURG, Jan 17- Global drug firms may threaten to cut their South African investments as part of a campaign against Pretoria's plans to overhaul its intellectual property laws to favour generic production, documents seen by Reuters show.

  • Burberry's signature check under threat in China     Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | 6:23 PM ET
    The Burberry shop in London, England.

    China's national trademark office has reportedly revoked the luxury fashion firm's iconic tartan. CNBC's Deirdre Wang Morris has more.

  • Demetrios Marantis, Acting U.S. Trade Representative says China must step up its enforcement of trade secrets and take more action on criminal and civil side.

  • Asian Emphasis in Asset Allocation: Pro     Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 6:15 PM ET

    Stephen Davies, CEO, Javelin Wealth Management says he had reduced his cash weights and remains fully weighted on equities, with an emphasis on Asia and emerging markets.

  • China plans to change the law to crackdown on "malicious" trademark registrations, state media said on Monday, after a series of cases in which well-know international brands and individuals have had their names or copyright misused.