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Mississippi Extends Trade Secret Protections for Research

Mississippi lawmakers have extended trade-secret protections to universities and community colleges by exempting materials tied to any commercial, scientific or technical research from the state’s Open Records Act before the research is published. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 116, …

Ferrari Fight Over Facebook Fan Page Tests Social Media Copyright

Sammy Wasem was 15 when he started a Ferrari fan page that would become one of the most popular car sites on Facebook. Six years later, he is in a legal battle with his favorite Italian sports-car maker in a …

Pacific Trade Partners Working on Final Stages for Agreement: U.S. Official

Pacific Rim trading partners are working to resolve the last thorny issues in sealing an ambitious free trade pact and are likely to have further high-level talks next month, a senior U.S. trade official said on Wednesday. Acting Deputy U.S. …

TPP Trade Pact Misses Deadline as More Talks Planned for January

Ministers negotiating the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact said today they would miss a year-end deadline to complete the deal. “We identified potential landing zones for the majority of key outstanding issues in the text,” U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman …

Photographer Wins $1.2M from Media Firms That Used Pics on Twitter

A federal jury on Friday ordered two media companies to pay $1.2 million to a freelance photojournalist for their unauthorized use of photographs he posted to Twitter. The jury found that Agence France-Presse and Getty Images willfully violated the Copyright …

University of Alabama Does What It Takes to Protect Trademark

University of Alabama officials say the school has issued 153 cease and desist letters in the past decade to businesses and people accused of selling goods that violate the school’s trademarks. The school defends its trademarks so vigorously to avoid …

Google Wins Copyright Scanning Case Against Authors; Judge Finds ‘Fair Use’

Google Inc. on Thursday won dismissal of a long-running lawsuit by authors who accused the Internet search company of digitally copying millions of books for an online library without permission. U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan accepted Google’s argument …

Supreme Court Upholds $11.5M Proposal System Patent Claim Against Hyundai

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a Hyundai Motor Co. unit’s appeal of an $11.5 million award in a patent lawsuit over a means of creating customized printed proposals for prospective customers. The justices today let stand a federal appeals …

Bill to Curb ‘Patent Trolls’ Introduced in Congress

A U.S. congressman, who has led the charge against frivolous patent infringement lawsuits, introduced a bill on Wednesday to curb the behavior of so-called “patent trolls” but faced criticism that some of the proposals go too far. The bill from …

Ex-Players Oppose NFL Image Rights Settlement

Years away from the field, former National Football League players including Jim Brown, Preston Pearson and Reggie Rucker are set to clash in court with retirees Mark Gastineau, Dan Pastorini, Dave Casper and others. At stake is the $50 million …