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# Patents

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# Patents
Countries urge broader patent waivers beyond Covid-19 vaccines
More than 60 countries support the waiving of patents for medical tools needed to fight the pandemic for three years.
# copycat jabs
EU seeks 'concrete' US plan on lifting vaccine patents
EU leaders have adopted a sceptical approach to lifting the patents.
# Under Threat
Now Apple's Facetime and iMessage could be under threat
Another US company claims both services infringe on its patents and wants them shut down.
# Clickety Click Click
Tech companies are frantically searching for ways to make us click on ads
Will this one work?
# Smartphone War
Samsung to pay Apple $119.6 million for 'willfully stealing and copying'
But that’s not a big win for the makers of the iPhone.
# Peace Talks
Google and Samsung call truce with cross-license patent deal
The agreement between the two companies will cover the firms’ existing patents as well as those filed over the next ten years.
# Referendum
Ireland will need referendum to create EU court for patents
Innovation minister Seán Sherlock has confirmed a referendum will be needed to smooth the way for single patents.
# Red Alert
7 colours that might get you sued in the US
Big business is very territorial about its trademarks – especially in the States…
# Fight Fight Fight
Samsung and Google are meeting to discuss Apple
This should be a triple-whammy patents triangle.
# Tech wars
Court bans some Samsung and Apple products in South Korea
A court has found that both tech companies infringed on each others patents which means that some of their products including the iPhone and iPad need to come off the shelves.
# Handbags
Jurors begin deliberations in Apple/Samsung patent trial
Each company is accusing the other of stealing design technology. Take a look back at the legal row here…
# Good Idea
How to... patent an invention
Think you have a life-changing invention on your hands? First thing’s first: get a patent.
# Motorola
EU launches two antitrust probes against Motorola
The EU’s competition authority is to investigate whether investigations into whether the company is unfairly restricting competitors from accessing essential patents.
# Patent Wars
Just weeks before IPO, Yahoo hits Facebook with patents lawsuit
The social network’s preparations for stock market glory are dampened by news of a lawsuit brought by Yahoo.
# Tablet Wars
EU to investigate Samsung as Germany blocks sale of its tablets
Samsung and Apple are engaged in a strategic war over patents in many countries across the world as they try to draw market share away from each other.
# Exports
€19bn worth of Irish drug exports at risk as drug patents expire
A predicted fall-off in exports due to patent expiration could account for a sales drop as large as 52 per cent by 2013.
# Patent war
Was Microsoft about to do a major patent deal with Motorola?
One of the reasons Google paid so much for Motorola may have been because Microsoft was about to strike a deal itself.
# Patent war
Apple turns up the heat on HTC in the patent war
The iPad and iPod maker claims that smartphone and tablet maker HTC has copied aspects if its design.
# Patents
Apple to pay 'ongoing royalties' to end Nokia patent dispute
The Finnish mobile operator wins out in its dispute with Apple, after each side accused the other of patent infringement.
# inventors
Junior Inventor Awards 2011 launched
Could your primary school-aged child be the next Hedy Lamarr, one of the pioneers of wireless communication?
# Patents
Microsoft co-founder suing Google, Facebook, eBay, Apple and Yahoo!
…among others. Paul Allen’s Interval Licensing accuses 11 companies of patent infringement.