December 11, 2001 |
In a victory for companies that develop genetically modified plants, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that seeds and seed-grown plants can be patented. The 6-2 ruling, which upheld a court of appeals decision, strengthens the intellectual property rights of the nation's largest seed biotechnology companies. If these protections had been struck down, companies such as DuPont, Monsanto Co.
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December 10, 1990 |
Ah, the power of an idea. The light bulb, the lightning rod, the airplane--creations of such pioneers as Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin and the Wright Brothers--are what made America great. Just ask the folks at the Inventors Workshop International-Ventura County chapter.
May 30, 1994 |
When Mickey Mouse returned to China last year to star in a monthly Walt Disney Co. comic book, a Hong Kong private investigation team was on hand to make sure impostors didn't steal his limelight. IP Protect Services (China) Ltd., China's first foreign-invested joint venture specializing in protecting intellectual property, is helping Disney take a state publishing house to court for using Mickey in a competing comic.
July 21, 1993 |
David Letterman is talking softly in the escalating late-night talk-show war, while NBC may be preparing to use a big stick. NBC President Robert Wright said Tuesday that the network will fight to keep its former star from taking popular characters and features such as "Stupid Pet Tricks" and "Top 10" lists with him to CBS next month. "This is not about Dave; it's about intellectual properties and copyright protection," Wright told a gathering of television critics at the Universal Hilton.
February 2, 1998 |
From his corner office overlooking City Hall, attorney M. Kelly Tillery addresses the evils of pirates who sell other people's images, their ideas, their music, their movies. Don't pity the little guy on the street, selling gritty copies of "The Empire Strikes Back" or shabbily made fake Nautica Apparel at $10 a pop, he says. "They know exactly what they're doing." It's called intellectual property theft and the 42-year-old Tillery is considered a pioneer among IP attorneys.
October 18, 1994 |
Amgen Inc., the nation's largest biotechnology company, spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on guards, cameras, computer systems and other means of protecting its so-called intellectual property. But a planned theft last year of some of Amgen's most carefully guarded secrets might have gone entirely unnoticed were it not for a plain, unsigned letter that turned up in the company's mailroom.
November 21, 1992 |
The U.S.-European agreement Friday over farm subsidies offers a historic opening for a global free trade agreement that could play to an American strength--this nation's dominance in the markets for services, ideas and intellectual property. Economists and trade experts said the apparent resolution of the brewing trade war with the European Community--especially France--has removed the biggest obstacle to the long-stalled worldwide trade negotiations.
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May 3, 1996 |
In a recent discussion within the Clinton administration on how to respond to the theft of American intellectual property in too many countries, a high official of the Treasury Department is alleged to have said (referring to the pirating of movies): "What, get tough just to protect Mickey Mouse?"
July 26, 2001 |
Online auction house EBay Inc. said Wednesday that it had removed a piece of art for sale about the disappearance of Chandra Levy because of a complaint by Rep. Gary Condit (D-Ceres), who said it violated his intellectual property rights. "We were contacted by a representative from the congressman's office in Washington. . . . He believed the item was 'a violation of the congressman's right of publicity, based upon the use of his name or image,' " said EBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove.
July 28, 1994 |
Private investigators of the 1990s--far removed from the traditional trench-coat-clad sleuths tracking marital indiscretions, have found a new line of business--the fight against intellectual-property crime. So-called intellectual-property enforcement is a response to the upsurge in brand counterfeiting, copyright piracy and illegal importing that market liberalization and cheaper manufacturing methods have made much easier.