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In this March 16, 2020 photo, people walk outside the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court sided unanimously Monday with North Carolina in a copyright fight with a company that has documented the salvage of the pirate Blackbeard's ship off the state's coast.  Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that the company's copyright infringement lawsuit, which she called “a modern form of piracy,

North Carolina wins court piracy case over Blackbeard's ship

Mar. 23, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided unanimously Monday with North Carolina in a copyright fight with a company that has documented the salvage of the pirate Blackbeard's ship off the state's coast. Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that the company's copyright infringement lawsuit, which she...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Mar. 11, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Philly needs to make tough calls on coronavirus — canceling St. Patrick’s parade was the right one The Philadelphia Inquirer March 10 The Philadelphia Department of Public Health officially confirmed the first case...

Panda Libre, an Asian-Mexican fusion restaurant, in Gilbert, Ariz., is pictured on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. When picking a name for their Asian-Mexican fusion restaurant in suburban Phoenix, Paul and Nicole Fan settled on “Panda Libre,” hoping the mix of China's iconic bear and the Spanish word for “free

Panda and poke: Restaurant trademarks can stir legal fights

Mar. 10, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — When picking a name for their Asian-Mexican fusion restaurant in suburban Phoenix, Paul and Nicole Fan settled on “Panda Libre,” hoping the mix of China's iconic bear and the Spanish word for “free" would signal to customers the type of cuisine it offered. That...

FILE - In this July 13, 1985 file photo, Led Zeppelin bandmates, singer Robert Plant, left, and guitarist Jimmy Page, reunite to perform for the Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. From left are John Bonham, Robert Plant, Denny and Jimmy Page. A federal appeals court on Monday, March 9, 2020, restored a jury verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not steal “Stairway to Heaven.

Zeppelin wins latest battle of the bands in `Stairway' fight

Mar. 9, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday restored a jury verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not steal “Stairway to Heaven." The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco handed the major win to guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant and dealt a blow to the estate of...

In this Feb. 20, 2020, photo, a worker sits at a production line at a microelectronics factory in Nantong in eastern China's Jiangsu Province. China on Friday suspended more punitive tariffs on imports of U.S. industrial goods in response to a truce in its trade war with Washington that threatened global economic growth. (Chinatopix via AP)

Singaporean named to head intellectual property agency

Mar. 4, 2020 5:16 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A Singaporean official defeated a candidate from China in a leadership contest for the U.N.'s intellectual property body, which was swept into a rift between Washington and Beijing over claims of Chinese theft of technological know-how. Daren Tang, 47, the CEO of Singapore's intellectual...

China's ambassador in Geneva ambassador Chen Xu makes a media statement criticising the U.S. for attacking China's candidate to head a United Nations agency that tracks intellectual property in the digital age, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020.  The showdown over leadership of the World Intellectual Property Organization that monitors patents, trademarks and industrial design, amounts to the latest face-off between the United States and China. (AP Photo)

China slams US over 'attack' on its candidate to UN body

Feb. 26, 2020 2:45 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A Chinese ambassador on Wednesday ripped into the U.S. for an “attack” on China's candidate to head a United Nations agency that monitors and tracks intellectual property like patents, trademarks and industrial designs — a lucrative and crucial part of the growing digital...

The revamped Phillie Phanatic mascot performs before the Philadelphia Phillies play the Pittsburgh Pirates in a spring training baseball game at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Phanatic has a new look amid a legal fight with the long-running mascot's creators, but officials say you should not expect his famous attitude to go anywhere. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Creators of original Phanatic call redesign 'an affront'

Feb. 25, 2020 1:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The creators of the original Phillie Phanatic accused the Philadelphia Phillies of "an affront to our intellectual property rights and to Phillies fans everywhere" with the team's redesign of the 42-year-old mascot. The Phillies unveiled the redesign of the green mascot before Sunday's...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leave Windsor Castle in a convertible car after their wedding in Windsor, England, to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to no longer use their HRH titles and will repay £2.4 million of taxpayer's money spent on renovating their Berkshire home, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday, Jan. 18. 2020. (Steve Parsons/pool photo via AP, File)

UK's Prince Harry, Meghan, abandon use of SussexRoyal brand

Feb. 21, 2020 4:51 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have abandoned plans to use the "SussexRoyal" brand after they step back from royal duties. The couple, who are known in Britain as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will no longer seek to trademark the term SussexRoyal because of U.K. rules governing use of...

In this Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 photo, Dr. Robert Bayer holds a jar of frozen lobster blood in his lab in Orono, Maine. Bayer's company, Lobster Unlimited of Orono, is investigating whether lobster blood can be used as a potential weapon against viruses and cancer, and representatives said results are promising. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the company a patent in late October related to its work. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Claws of health? Lobster blood could play role in new drugs

Feb. 19, 2020 12:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine lobsters have long delighted tourists as the state's most beloved seafood. But one company thinks the crustaceans can save human lives by providing their blood for use in new drugs. The effort, involving a longtime lobster scientist, wouldn't be the first example of coastal...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, a man uses his smartphone as he stands near a billboard for Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. The Justice Department has added new criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei and two of its United States subsidiaries, accusing the company in a plot to steal trade secrets. The indictment from federal prosecutors was announced Thursday by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

US brings new charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei

Feb. 14, 2020 7:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has added new criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei and several subsidiaries, accusing the company of a brazen scheme to steal trade secrets from competitors in America, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. The new indictment also alleges the...