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COVID program delivers 1 billion doses to poorer countries

Jan. 16, 2022 05:15 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization said Sunday that a U.N.-backed program shipping coronavirus vaccines to many poor countries has now delivered 1 billion doses, but that milestone “is only a reminder of the work that remains” after hoarding and stockpiling in rich countries. ...

Judge pokes holes in Swiss cheesemakers' legal arguments

Jan. 13, 2022 07:38 AM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Gruyere cheese does not have to come from the Gruyere region of Europe to be sold under the gruyere name, a federal judge has ruled. A consortium of Swiss and French cheesemakers from the region around the town of Gruyeres, Switzerland, sued in U.S....

Meghan suit nets 1 pound on privacy, secret copyright sum

Jan. 05, 2022 13:11 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex will receive a nominal 1-pound ($1.35) payment for invasion of privacy plus undisclosed damages for copyright infringement, under an agreement that ends her long-running dispute with Britain’s Mail on Sunday over the tabloid’s publication of a letter she...

'Pooh,' 'Sun Also Rises' among works going public in 2022

Dec. 31, 2021 10:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Winnie the Pooh” and “The Sun Also Rises” are going public. A.A. Milne's beloved children's book and Ernest Hemingway's classic novel, along with films starring Buster Keaton and Greta Garbo are among the works from 1926 whose copyrights will expire...

Yuengling accuses Bud Light of trampling on trademark

Dec. 22, 2021 16:00 PM EST

A trademark tiff between America’s oldest beer maker and America's best-selling beer brand appears to be over before it really began. Last week, D.G. Yuengling & Son, the nearly 200-year-old Pennsylvania-based brewer, demanded that its much larger rival, Anheuser-Busch, stop...

Trademark tussle: Ole Miss objects to similar New Miss logo

Dec. 18, 2021 17:51 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — James Meredith says he conquered white supremacy and created a new Mississippi 59 years ago when he became the first Black student to enroll in the University of Mississippi — a school whose longstanding nickname, Ole Miss, is rooted in plantation vernacular of the...

Harvard professor's trial a test of DOJ's China prosecutions

Dec. 14, 2021 17:53 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The trial of a Harvard University professor charged with hiding his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program is the latest bellwether in the U.S. Justice Department's controversial effort to crackdown on economic espionage by China. Opening statements in the trial of...

WTO delays key meeting amid COVID variant concerns

Nov. 26, 2021 19:35 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization is postponing its conference of government ministers set to open Tuesday after Switzerland initiated new travel restrictions following the emergence of a worrying new coronavirus variant, officials said. The MC12 conference at...

Spanish researchers allow others to make their COVID test

Nov. 23, 2021 07:19 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Spanish government researchers have agreed to allow other manufacturers to make their coronavirus antibody test, in a move that could significantly boost testing in poor countries with limited COVID-19 surveillance. In a statement on Tuesday, the World...

Miramax sues Tarantino over planned 'Pulp Fiction' NFTs

Nov. 16, 2021 19:48 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Miramax filed a lawsuit Tuesday against director Quentin Tarantino over the director's plans to create and auction off a series of NFTs based on his work on “Pulp Fiction." The entertainment company alleges that Tarantino's planned offerings...