Jul 20, 2016

Suntory, Asahi settle patent dispute over nonalcoholic beer

Major Japanese breweries Suntory Holdings Ltd. and Asahi Breweries Ltd. reached a court settlement Wednesday over Suntory’s claim that its rival infringed on its patent for nonalcoholic beer. The deal means both can continue making and marketing their respective beverages. Under the settlement reached ...

May 20, 2016

Google patent glues pedestrians to self-driving cars

Google on Thursday had a fresh U.S. patent for a sticky coating that could be applied to self-driving cars so pedestrians stick instead of bouncing off when hit. The patent describes a layer of adhesive on a car’s hood, front bumper and possibly front ...

May 6, 2016

Sony, Samsung named in U.S. patent-infringement probe

The U.S. International Trade Commission said Thursday it will investigate 18 electronics makers, including Japan’s Sony Corp. and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co., over alleged patent infringements related to portable electronic devices, such as smartphones. The investigation is based on a complaint filed in ...

Feb 27, 2016

Samsung wins appeal in Apple patent case in U.S.

A U.S. appeals court on Friday handed Samsung a win over Apple in a long-running patent fight, overriding a jury verdict ordering it to pay $119.6 million to the iPhone maker. The court ruled that two Apple patents at issue were not valid, according ...

Jan 28, 2016

Chinese man stole protected seeds major U.S. firms

A Chinese man pleaded guilty in a U.S. court Wednesday to stealing patent-protected corn seed from agribusiness giants Monsanto and DuPont to take back to China for commercial use. Robert Mo Hailong, 46, participated in a plot to steal inbred corn seeds from the ...

Dec 11, 2015

Perils of being honest illustrated in fake shampoo case

On paper, the reports were perfect, brilliant parries in the fight against fakes in China. There were phone numbers, dates, official agencies, photographs and a nice haul: over 120,000 packages of counterfeit anti-dandruff shampoo, plus seven vats of ingredients. There was one problem: None ...

Oct 29, 2015

Suntory loses patent dispute with Asahi over nonalcoholic beer

Suntory Holdings Ltd. lost a patent dispute with rival Asahi Breweries Ltd. on Thursday, with the Tokyo District Court rejecting its demand for a halt to production and sales of Asahi’s nonalcoholic beer. Suntory had sought the suspension of Asahi’s Dry Zero, which was ...

Ministerial TPP talks kick off, with nations far apart on drug patents

Oct 1, 2015

Ministerial TPP talks kick off, with nations far apart on drug patents

Ministers from the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries began make-or-break talks Wednesday on concluding a sweeping free trade deal that would encompass 40 percent of the global economy. But the high-level talks on the envisioned U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership were adjourned ...