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  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Supreme Court will on Monday delve into the hotly contested question of when software is eligible for patent protection. Google Inc, Dell Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Microsoft Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co and engine manufacturer Cummins Inc, are among the companies that have filed legal papers weighing in on the issue.

  • BlackBerry wins early round against Seacrest's Typo Friday, 28 Mar 2014 | 11:12 PM ET
    Typo iPhone Keyboard Case.

    BlackBerry won a preliminary injunction to ban Ryan Seacrest's Typo Products from selling a $99 iPhone case.

  • March 28- BlackBerry Ltd won a preliminary injunction on Friday to ban Ryan Seacrest's Typo Products LLC from selling a $99 iPhone case after a judge agreed that television host's company had likely infringed on BlackBerry's patents. "BlackBerry is pleased that its motion for a preliminary injunction against Typo Products LLC was granted.

  • WASHINGTON, March 28- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission seeks a settlement of $1 billion or more from pharmaceutical companies it has sued for delaying the sale of cheaper medicines after patents on brand-name drugs may have expired, an FTC official told a legal conference on Friday.

  • Such measures have been pushed by big technology companies such as Google Inc and Apple Inc..

  • March 27- Spherix Inc, which buys and licenses technology patents, said it filed a lawsuit against Cisco Inc alleging infringement of 11 patents Spherix acquired from Nortel Networks.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, March 26- A subtle shift is under way in the Canadian oil industry, where collegial collaboration over vital new extraction technology is yielding to corporate protectionism in the race to profit from the world's third-largest reserves.

  • *Hit to Nokia income seen from patent concessions. HELSINKI, March 24- Nokia does not expect to close the sale of its phone business to Microsoft until April as talks with Asian regulators drag on, it said on Monday, fuelling speculation it may have to make technology patent concessions to get the deal done.

  • WASHINGTON, March 14- HTC Corp and others did not violate digital camera patents owned by Apple Inc spinoff FlashPoint Technology to make their smartphones, the U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, March 14- HTC Corp and others did not violate digital camera patents owned by Apple Inc. spinoff FlashPoint Technology to make its Android smartphones, the U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday.

  • *Car companies spend more on research and development. FRANKFURT, March 13- The car industry's international patent filings jumped 18 percent in 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organisation said on Thursday, in part reflecting a push for new technologies to lower exhaust emissions.

  • Next step from Apple: A more perfect pedometer? Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    Documents released Thursday at the US patent office show that the company is working on device to more accurately measure a person's movement.

  • US court denies Myriad Genetics' motion to block rival Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    March 11- Diagnostics company Myriad Genetics Inc said a U.S. court denied a motion that would have stopped rival Ambry Genetics Corp from selling a similar version of Myriad's cancer test. The company had filed a complaint against Ambry in the U.S. District Court of Utah last July, alleging that Ambry's tests infringed some of its patents.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 6- A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected Apple's request for a permanent sales ban in the United States against some older Samsung smartphones, a key setback for the iPhone maker in its global patent battle.

  • U.S. top court considers the 'patent troll' problem Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 4:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 26- A dispute between two fitness equipment makers landed at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, giving justices a chance to consider how to deal with so-called patent trolls, companies that acquire patents to sue for infringement or extract licensing fees.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- The White House announced steps on Thursday designed to reduce frivolous patent lawsuits by trying to make it easier to identify who owns patents and by updating review processes to ensure that fewer weak patents are granted.

  • Feb 19- BlackBerry Ltd's patent claims related to an attachable keyboard accessory for Apple Inc's iPhones don't comply with legal requirements for patentability, Typo Products LLC said in a court filing late on Tuesday. BlackBerry sued Typo last month, saying its physical keyboard that can be attached to some of Apple's iPhone models infringes patents.

  • Feb 7- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday called on the government to ratchet up pressure on India over intellectual property rights, in a move that could help prevent Indian companies from producing cheap generic versions of medicines still under patent protection.

  • Feb 7- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday called on the government to ratchet up pressure on India over intellectual property rights, in a move that could help prevent Indian companies from producing cheap generic versions of medicines still under patent protection.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 7- The U.S. Justice Department will close its investigation into Samsung Electronics' use of a special class of essential patents to attack rivals but said it would continue to monitor related patent litigation.

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