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Intellectual Property


  • *Hackers stole Codan's designs for metal detectors. *Codan forced to slash prices to compete with counterfeits. But try telling that to Donald McGurk, chief executive of Australian communications, metal detection and mining technology firm Codan, who has watched sales and prices of his firm's metal detectors collapse since Chinese hackers stole its designs...

  • WASHINGTON, June 21- Surging investment by Chinese companies in U.S. research labs is yielding a fast-growing trove of patents, part of a push to mine America for ideas to help China shift from being the world's factory floor to a driver of innovation. Even without a treaty, China is pouring capital into U.S. research as well as buying other assets.

  • Periscope, media companies talking about anti-piracy tech Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 9:00 PM ET

    CBS CEO Les Moonves, speaking at the Re/code conference on Wednesday, said Twitter and Periscope need to respond to media companies' concerns. "It would be really nice if our friends in the Valley would quit hiding behind the idea that they don't have to engage in the protection of intellectual property," ESPN President John Skipper said last week when asked about...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 27- Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit Inc is being accused by rival Jawbone of attempting to steal core confidential data about Jawbone's business, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges Fitbit engaged in a clandestine effort to steal talent, trade secrets and...

  • Jawbone sues Fitbit over data 'plundering' Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:36 PM ET
    UP by Jawbone (L) and Fitbit (R).

    Jawbone, one of Fitbit's wearable health rivals, alleges that ex-employees took confidential data before leaving. NYT reports.

  • Alibaba fosters local brands to fight fakes Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 7:49 PM ET
    Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.

    Criticized and even sued for facilitating the counterfeit goods trade, Alibaba has been quietly piloting a plan to curb fakes at source.

  • *Alibaba to expand scheme to toys, electronics, others. *Critics say Alibaba should focus on taking down fake listings. PUTIAN, China, May 25- Criticized and even sued by luxury brand Gucci and others for facilitating the counterfeit goods trade, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has been quietly piloting a scheme to try to curb fakes at source.

  • HANGZHOU, China, May 18- When it comes to fighting fakes, Alibaba's head of internet security says cooperation beats the courtroom any day. Ni Liang, who runs the Hangzhou, China- based company's anti-counterfeiting operations, was speaking to Reuters days after Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other luxury brands owned by Paris- based Kering SA sued Alibaba in New...

  • J'accuse Alibaba: Retailer sued by Gucci, YSL Sunday, 17 May 2015 | 1:32 PM ET
    Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma

    Luxury goods makers sued Alibaba, contending the company had knowingly made it possible for counterfeiters to sell their products.

  • NEW YORK, May 15- A group of luxury goods makers sued Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Friday, contending the Chinese online shopping giant had knowingly made it possible for counterfeiters to sell their products throughout the world. The lawsuit alleged that Alibaba had conspired to manufacture, offer for sale and traffic in counterfeit products bearing their...

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- China and India remain on a U.S. priority watch list for lax rules on copyright, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights violations in an annual review of trading partners published by the U.S. Thirteen countries are on the priority watch list for 2015, including Russia and Ukraine as well as China and India, and another 24 are on...

  • WASHINGTON, April 30- China and India remain on a U.S. priority watch list for lax rules on copyright, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights violations in an annual review of trading partners published by the U.S. trade representative on Thursday. The trade representative office listed 13 countries on its priority watch list for 2015, including...


  • US firms most concerned about this in China Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 6:35 PM ET
    US firms most concerned about this in China

    Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, says American companies are concerned about the issue of intellectual property, which China realizes it must "consistently enforce" rules on.

  • Arrowhead buys Novartis' RNAi portfolio Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 7:34 AM ET

    March 5- Arrowhead Research Corp said it acquired Novartis AG's RNAi assets to fortify its position in the field of gene therapy that aims to wipe out disease-causing proteins. Novartis is eligible to receive $25 million in Arrowhead shares within 30 days, which would make it the second-largest shareholder based on Arrowhead's market value on Wednesday.

  • *Europe losing market share in India to U.S., Russia. Europe's share of defence sales to India, the world's top arms importer, slid to less than 4 percent in 2013 from more than a fifth in 2005, data from think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute showed. But India has stipulated that for winning defence deals, foreign firms give domestic companies...

  • Photographer continues fight over monkey selfie Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 1:57 PM ET
    The U.S. Copyright Office has ruled that pieces of content produced by animals cannot be copyrighted.

    David Slater, a wildlife photographer, still maintains that he is the copyright owner of a photograph taken by a monkey.

  • Apple to pay $23.6 million for infringing patents Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:21 AM ET
    An Apple store in the China Central Mall in Beijing, China

    A jury has told Apple to pay a Texas company $23.6 million for using SkyTel pager technology in its devices without permission, Bloomberg reported.

  • The $17,000 fight over a monkey selfie Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 4:42 PM ET
    Monkey selfie! Who owns the copyright??

    A British photographer faces a £10,000 (nearly $17,000) legal bill in attempts to remove a monkey's selfie from a free collection.

  • Will generic Viagra transform China? Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | 6:21 PM ET

    Viagra's patent in China has expired and some analysts expect cheaper prices will bring a surge of demand for the storied erectile dysfunction drug.