January 18, 1992 |
Trade officials and business leaders in Hong Kong expressed optimism Friday over resolving other trade disputes between the United States and China following an agreement between both countries to protect American intellectual property rights. Brian Chau, Hong Kong's secretary for trade and industry, said the news of the agreement has helped ease the mood of uncertainty hanging over Hong Kong trade and paves the way for a brighter future.
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.
October 25, 1999 |
Scientists at UC Irvine have isolated a human gene that may play a role in schizophrenia, and the university wants the discovery commercialized. Because it could lead to a new class of medications for treating this serious mental disorder, UCI applied for a patent and even discussed licensing the discovery with several drug companies. But none took the plunge. "The drug companies don't know how to value this," said Dr. J. Jay Gargus, one of three UCI professors involved.
June 15, 2000 |
The "Battle of the Books?" Not even eight months after his death, there are three books about Payne Stewart on the shelves, which should be enough to tell the story and are clearly more than enough to generate a controversy about who owns the intellectual-property rights to a subject.
June 10, 2005 |
Angered by subsidies to U.S. cotton growers, Brazilian lawmakers said Thursday that they were considering suspending the intellectual property rights of American products in their country if the U.S. government did not explain how it intended to change subsidy programs by July 1. The deadline was set earlier this year by the World Trade Organization, which found that U.S. assistance to cotton farmers distorted world prices by encouraging overproduction....
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?"