Latest Intellectual property News

Supreme Court rules California man can't trademark 'Trump too small'

Jun. 13, 2024 13:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled against a man who wants to trademark the suggestive phrase “Trump too small.” The justices upheld the government’s decision to deny a trademark to Steve Elster, a California man seeking exclusive use of the...

Appointed by Trump, Hunter Biden trial judge spent most of her career in civil law

Jun. 08, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

The judge presiding over Hunter Biden's federal gun trial in Delaware is a former corporate civil lawyer with a background in biology who was nominated to the bench by the Biden family's chief political antagonist: former President Donald Trump. But even while that might raise...

Big Mac battle: McDonald's loses European Union trademark fight with Irish rival Supermac's

Jun. 05, 2024 13:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — McDonald's lost a European Union trademark dispute over the Big Mac name after a top European Union court sided Wednesday with Irish fast food rival Supermac’s in a long-running legal battle. The EU General Court said in its judgment that the U.S. fast food giant...

Florida becomes the latest state to allow high school athletes to profit from NIL deals

Jun. 05, 2024 11:33 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is the latest state to allow high school athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness. The Florida High School Athletic Association unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that allows students to earn money through NIL without putting their...

Chinese online retailer Temu latest to face EU's strictest level of digital scrutiny

May. 31, 2024 09:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union said Friday that it's adding Chinese online retailer Temu to its list of platforms facing the bloc's highest level of digital scrutiny. Because it has more than 45 million users, Temu is being classed as a “very large online platform” under the...

UN countries adopt treaty to better trace origins of genetic resources under global patent system

May. 24, 2024 10:56 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. member countries on Friday concluded a new treaty to ensure that genetic resources used in inventions, like new medicines derived from exotic plants in the Andes mountains, are properly traced. It marks the first time the 193 member states of the U.N.’s World...

Sony says focus is on creativity, with games, movies, music, sensors, IP, and not gadgets

May. 23, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony says it’s focusing on creativity in movies, animation and video games, rather than old-fashioned gadgetry. Its chief executive, Kenichiro Yoshida, outlined the company’s strategy Thursday, saying Sony was helping...

Supreme Court sides with music producer in copyright case over sample in Flo Rida hit

May. 09, 2024 18:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided with a music producer in a copyright case Thursday, allowing him to seek more than a decade's worth of damages over a sample used in a hit Flo Rida song. The 6-3 decision came in a case filed by Sherman Nealy, who was suing over music used...

US challenges 'bogus' patents on Ozempic and other drugs in effort to spur competition

Apr. 30, 2024 17:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are challenging patents on 20 brand-name drugs, including the blockbuster weight-loss injection Ozempic, in the latest effort by the Biden administration targeting pharmaceutical industry practices that drive up prices. The Federal Trade...

Eight U.S. newspapers sue ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement

Apr. 30, 2024 14:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of eight U.S. newspapers is suing ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and Microsoft, alleging that the technology companies have been “purloining millions” of copyrighted news articles without permission or payment to train their artificial intelligence chatbots. The...