Business / Corporate 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 at ...

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

Business 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 after ...

Business Mar 24, 2015

Panasonic to open patents to speed development of 'Internet of Things'

Panasonic Corp. will make about 50 of its patents available for royalty-free use in the development of the "Internet of Things" — what the tech industry calls the network of interconnected devices — its North American subsidiary announced Monday. The Japanese electronics company said it ...