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  • July 8- A federal judge has thrown out a $532.9 million award against Apple Inc and ordered a new trial on damages, in a case where a jury found that the iPhone maker's iTunes software infringed three patents owned by a Texas company. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in Tyler, Texas, said jurors who on Feb. 24 awarded the damages to Smartflash LLC because of Apple's...

  • July 8- A federal judge has thrown out a $532.9 million damages award against Apple Inc after a jury found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by a Texas company. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap said his jury instructions might have "skewed" jurors' understanding of the damages that Apple should pay SmartFlash LLC, a licensing company that held...

  • Gilead still has China patent for active compound. NEW YORK/ SHANGHAI, June 19- China has rejected a Gilead Sciences Inc patent application related to its costly hepatitis C drug, a U.S. advocacy group said, adding the move may lead to other countries to consider rejecting patents for the controversial treatment. Gilead, however, holds the China patent to the base...

  • June 19- China has rejected Gilead Sciences Inc's application for a new patent related to its costly hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, removing a potential barrier to generic versions of the drug there, a U.S. legal group announced on Friday. Gilead still has a patent in China on sofosbuvir, the main ingredient of Sovaldi, a highly effective treatment for hepatitis C which...

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the District of Columbia said a patent held by genetic testing company Sequenom Inc on detecting fetal DNA in a pregnant woman's blood was invalid. Sequenom's innovation was in finding a way to use DNA found in maternal blood samples that had previously been discarded as medical waste in order to determine...

  • Bill aimed at 'patent trolls' advances in U.S. House Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 6:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK, June 11- A U.S. congressional panel on Thursday approved a bill aimed at deterring frivolous patent lawsuits, but which some critics say undermines the ability to protect new innovations. The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, in a 24-8 bipartisan vote, sent the measure to the full House, a move reflecting lawmakers' desire to neutralize...

  • Jawbone sues Fitbit Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | 1:55 PM ET
    Jawbone sues Fitbit

    Jawbone is seeking a jury trial in a lawsuit against Fitbit, reports CNBC's Kayla Tausche.

  • June 5- Orexigen Therapeutics Inc and partner Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said they had filed a lawsuit against Actavis Plc to block a generic version of diet-pill Contrave. The lawsuit, filed at a Delaware district court, alleges that Actavis has infringed patents on Orexigen and Takeda's weight-loss treatment. Actavis and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries...

  • CNBC update: Mysterious oil globs in LA Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    CNBC update: Mysterious oil globs in LA

    Coast guard scientists are investigating mysterious balls of tar washing ashore in Los Angeles County, and Teva will pay a $1.2 billion settlement, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against Cisco Systems Inc over a patent infringement claim the tech giant is fighting. On a 6-2 vote, with Justice Stephen Breyer recused from the case, the court threw out a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of Cisco. Commil sued Cisco for patent infringement and induced...

  • NEW YORK, May 20- A U.S. group is trying to block patents in five countries for Gilead Sciences Inc's costly hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, in a bid to give almost 60 million afflicted people access to cheaper generic versions. In Argentina, Brazil, China, Russia and Ukraine, challenges have been filed against Gilead's patents or patent applications, the New York- based...

  • Patent trolls damaged, but not dead yet Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 11:34 AM ET
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seal is displayed outside the headquarters in Alexandria, Va.

    Patent trolls took a hit in 2014, but they aren't dead yet. Patent litigation dropped for the first time in five years, according to a new study.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, May 18- Apple Inc was handed a mixed ruling by a U.S. appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone's appearance could be protected was thrown out. That means up to 40 percent of a $930...

  • The biggest myth about small-town America Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 10:30 AM ET
    Wheat farm

    This county of only 10,000 is the most innovative in relation to population, filing patents on everything from biocrops to plant genomes.

  • NEW YORK, May 13- Limelight Networks Inc did not directly infringe a patent on managing Web images and video held by rival Akamai Technologies Inc because it did not carry out all the steps, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday. The case dates to 2006, when Akamai accused Limelight of infringing on its patented technology for efficiently handling website...

  • STOCKHOLM, May 8- Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson has filed lawsuits in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands against Apple over technology licence payments, Ericsson said on Friday, extending a U.S. battle between the firms to Europe. We are confident the courts in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands will be able to help us resolve this matter in a fair...

  • STOCKHOLM, May 8- Swedish mobile telecom equipment maker Ericsson has filed lawsuits in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands against Apple over technology licence payments, Ericsson said on Friday. We are confident the courts in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands will be able to help us resolve this matter in a fair manner, "he added. Last year, smartphone maker...

  • Needle-free insulin patch Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 5:52 PM ET
    Needle-free insulin patch

    CNBC's Melissa Lee speaks to Devon Grimme, Prometheon Pharma director of business, about a new patch that could end needle injections for people with diabetes.

  • Fujifilm Corp, a subsidiary of Tokyo- based Fujifilm Holdings Corp, sued Motorola in 2012, accusing the company of infringing three of its patents on digital camera functions and a fourth patent relating to transmitting data over a wireless connection such as Bluetooth. The damages the jury ordered on Monday were lesser than the $40 million Fujifilm sought...

  • NEW YORK, April 27- A lawsuit against fitness equipment maker Nautilus, Inc was revived on Monday, when a U.S. appeals court ruled that a heart rate monitoring patent the company is accused of infringing is valid. On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the nation's top patent court, said the patent owned by Biosig Instruments, Inc was not too vague,...