BRIMLEY, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan men are in conflict over recently discovered glowing rocks in the Upper Peninsula.
Erik Rintamaki is credited with finding the sodalite-rich syenite rocks...
Huawei warns US patent curbs would hurt global tech
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei warned Thursday a U.S. senator's proposal to block the company from pursuing damages in patent courts would be a "catastrophe for global...
EU high court rules against Adidas in trademark case
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — A European union high court has ruled against German sports apparel giant Adidas' claim that its famous three stripes, applied in any direction, deserve trade mark...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two Louisiana scientists have been indicted on charges they tried to steal trade secrets from the Water Institute of the Gulf, a hydrology research institution in Baton Rouge...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group remains on the U.S. government's annual list of "notorious markets" that peddle counterfeit products.
HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding...
UN agency finds US, Asian companies seek most AI patents
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s intellectual property organization says companies in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. are the top filers of patent applications involving artificial intelligence.
The World Intellectual Property Organization has issued a first report aiming to show trends in AI, seen as a growth area in coming years, although still a tiny fraction of all patent applications each year.
WIPO said Thursday that machine learning is the dominant AI technique disclosed in patents.
Tappy the robot is behind part of charges against Huawei
NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese tech company Huawei went so far as to steal a robot's arm in its bid to get its hands on T-Mobile's trade secrets, the U.S. government alleges.
The case over Tappy, T-Mobile's phone-testing robot, portrays a company going to what the government calls illegal lengths to gain access to others' intellectual property.
"This indictment shines a bright light on Huawei's flagrant abuse of the law," Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes in Seattle said in a statement.
Thailand suspends patent applications for medical marijuana
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government on Monday suspended the licensing of commercial marijuana-based products for medical use amid concern that foreign pharmaceutical companies might try to monopolize the market.
China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks amid trade talks
SHANGHAI (AP) — The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father's administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China.
DOJ: China poses serious national security threat
China again tops UN agency’s ranking of top patent filers
GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. agency says China has issued the most international patent applications for an eighth straight year, showing the country's heft in intellectual property amid U.S. President Donald Trump's accusation that the growing Asia power steals it.
The World Intellectual Property Organization said Monday that innovators around the world filed a record 3.17 million patents last year, an annual increase of nearly 6 percent.
China points to other gains in hopes of easing US trade ire
BEIJING (AP) — China is trying to defuse a spiraling tariff war with Washington over technology policy by highlighting gains in other trade-related areas.
The Cabinet press office invited The Associated Press to interview the head of the country's patent and copyright office, as part of government efforts to persuade Washington and other trading partners to tone down objections to Chinese industry policy.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or video from games are used.
Bettman tells guest host Larry Lage in the in the latest episode of "PodcastOne Sports Now" those who want to conduct gambling business with NHL assets will need to negotiate.
Ice Cube tips off talking about his BIG3 basketball league and also kicks it about his music and movies.
DETROIT (AP) — Eminem has found himself in an unlikely battle: one over retail, not rap.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war.
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts law professor is fighting a California company's trademark claim to the name Rapunzel.
Suffolk University's Rebecca Curtin is asking federal trademark officials to reject an application from United Trademark Holdings, saying the fairytale character belongs to the public.
The Beverly Hills company makes dolls and other toys based on children's stories. It applied for the rights to Rapunzel for dolls in November.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estate of Michael Jackson sued ABC and parent company Disney on Wednesday, saying a two-hour documentary on the singer's last days improperly used the King of Pop's songs, music videos and movies.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles alleges that last week's special, "The Last Days of Michael Jackson," illegally uses significant excerpts of his most valuable songs, including "Billie Jean" and "Bad," and music videos, including "Thriller" and "Black or White."
Tariffs are the wrong weapon in fight against China’s ‘pirates’ – here’s the right one
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Sean Pager, Michigan State University and Eric Priest, University of Oregon
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estate of Michael Jackson is objecting to an ABC TV special on the end of the King of Pop's life, calling it a crass attempt to exploit Jackson without respect for his legacy or children.
The estate said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that "The Last Days of Michael Jackson" is not sponsored or approved by Jackson's heirs, and will most likely violate their intellectual property rights — an assertion ABC denies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Michael Jackson estate's objections to a television special about him (all times local):
ABC says its documentary on Michael Jackson airing Thursday night is news that does not infringe on intellectual property.
The network was responding to a statement from the Jackson estate alleging the two-hour TV special "The Last Days of Michael Jackson" has no regard for his legacy or his heirs, who did not sponsor or approve of it.
How major US stock indexes fared Tuesday
Stocks jumped Tuesday after Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing would reduce tariffs on imported cars and improve intellectual property protection, steps that could ease trade tensions. Facebook climbed as CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Senate about the company's privacy scandal.
The S&P 500 index climbed 43.71 points, or 1.7 percent, to 2,656.87.
The Dow jumped 428.90 points, or 1.8 percent, to 24,408.
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
Major U.S. stock indexes are closing sharply higher after China's leader sounded a conciliatory tone on trade tensions with the U.S.
Automakers and technology companies climbed Tuesday after President Xi Jinping said he would cut China's auto tariffs and improve intellectual property protection.
General Motors rose 3.3 percent and chipmaker Nvidia jumped 5.8 percent.
China’s president offers US possible trade concessions
BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping set the stage Tuesday for a possible effort to resolve a worsening clash with Washington over technology and trade by promising to cut auto import taxes, improve intellectual property protection and boost imports.
Xi's pledges at a business conference came as China filed a World Trade Organization challenge over one aspect of its sprawling conflict with President Donald Trump — last month's U.S. tariff hike on steel and aluminum.
Tom Still: Outside Wisconsin’s biggest cities, academic research growing in prominence
When a leading West Coast “think tank” examined how well colleges and universities are turning research into patents, companies and products, a somewhat surprising name appeared on the list.
Ranked 125th in the nation, in a neighborhood with Texas Tech, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, San Diego State, UW-Milwaukee and Oklahoma, was the WiSys Technology Foundation.
Trump trade talk ignores U.S. services surplus against China [Opinion]
With respect to trade with China, President Donald Trump focuses too much on steel and “steal” — the idea that China is somehow taking advantage of the U.S. The president’s claims are overblown and ignore an important aspect of international trade: services. In services, the U.S. actually runs a significant surplus against China, and few U.S. cities have benefited more from this surplus than Houston.
The Trump administration Tuesday rolled out a list of proposed Chinese high-tech imports to hit with new tariffs, advancing get-tough measures that have raised alarms about a trade war.
The list named 1,300 separate products with a total value of roughly $50 billion. President Trump ordered the tariffs to combat China's unfair trade practices and theft of intellectual property.
LeBron James’ company says Alabama’s barbershop-based video is copyright infringement
LeBron James' media platform Uninterrupted has sent a letter to the University of Alabama athletic department calling a planned video seriescopyright and intellectual propertyinfringement.
President Donald Trump is right to focus on intellectual property theft by China, but his decision to impose tariffs is wildly off base, and will unnecessarily hurt American consumers and, potentially, key industries that supported his presidential bid.
There were far more effective ways to address this issue than slapping $60 billion in taxes on yet-to-be-named imports from China.
But effectiveness has not been Trump’s policy forte. Again and again, the president acts in scattershot fashion.
Lansing – Michigan's automakers as well as soybean and pork farmers are on edge as China threatens to retaliate against some of the state's top export industries in a bid to counter tariffs proposed by President Donald Trump.
President Trump signed an order Thursday that cracked down on China's unfair trade practices and theft of U.S. intellectual property with $60 billion in tariffs on high-tech imports.
The move stoked fears of a trade war with America's largest trading partner, but Mr. Trump insisted he was finally leveling the playing field for American business that have been ripped off for decades.
President Trump will crack down on what he calls China's unfair trade practices and theft of U.S. intellectual property with a package of punitive actions Thursday that include up to $60 billion in tariffs on imports.
The tariffs, which chiefly target information technology, consumer electronics and telecoms, follow through on Mr. Trump's tough talk against China's trade abuses that helped fuel his White House win.
Proposed legislation addresses intellectual property protection for business owners
U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa,) recently joined with Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Rep. Steve Chabot (D-Ohio) and ranking member of the House Small Business Committee, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) to consider a strong package of bills in the Small Business Committee.
American, Canadian, and Mexican trade negotiators just concluded a round of negotiations in Mexico City to hash out a new North American Free Trade Agreement. This was the seventh round of talks since August. Several contentious issues remain unresolved. One of the biggest sticking points is the strength of intellectual property protections, such as patents and copyrights.
NEW YORK (AP) — "What does it mean for trade?" That question continued to guide Wall Street Wednesday, leading stocks to a mixed finish after President Donald Trump's top economic adviser resigned after opposing the administration's planned tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.
Dykema Minneapolis office managing partner Reed Heimbecher sees big things for law firm
Reed Heimbecher, the new leader of the 11-person Minneapolis law office of Dykema wants to go big in more ways than one. Heimbecher hopes to expand not only the number of attorneys in his office which opened in 2013 and doesnt yet fill the space it rents on the 39th and 40th floors of the Wells Fargo Center but also the scope of the work they do. We would love to have this office be a general practice office and well get there, Heimbecher said. Right now, its heavily biased toward IP [intellectual property] because thats what I do. Last fall, Heimbecher was appointed the office managing member of Dykemas Minneapolis office. During an interview, Heimbecher talked about patent work and how he wants to expand the local offices scope to better reflect Dykemas general-practice capabilities by adding corporate, tax, financial services, health care, real estate and lending, litigation, and other groups.
The past several months have been deeply troubling for our country as stories of sexual assault and harassment have emerged across many sectors of society, impacting all communities.
Victims often cite fear of retribution from abusers as a primary barrier to sharing their story. Unfortunately, those who have been victimized might also be silenced by the very document they thought would protect them: a nondisclosure agreement, or NDA.
EU court rules Germans can’t trademark ‘vulgar’ movie name
BERLIN (AP) — A European Union court has ruled that a Germany company can't trademark the name of one of the country's most successful movie franchises because of its vulgar title.
Constantin Film Produktion GmbH had sought to protect its rights to merchandise related to a school comedy whose title doesn't mean anything in German or any other language but is meant to sound like a common English-language expletive.
INDIANAPOLIS — Bowhunters who think they’re getting great “factory-direct” deals from online vendors might actually be buying counterfeits that are dangerously inferior to the brand-name products they copied.
And if legitimate archery manufacturers hope to curtail counterfeiters, they must make it easy for customers to report phony products they find online.
China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms
BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacks "objectivity" in its approach to Chinese businesses.
Separately, the foreign ministry sought to deflect accusations that China is requiring foreign firms to hand over intellectual property into order to gain market access — the basis of an ongoing U.S. trade investigation.
China dominates top Western economies in patent applications
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s intellectual property agency says China racked up a record 1.3 million patent applications last year, topping the combined total in the U.S., Japan, Korea and Europe.
The World Intellectual Property Organization says innovators worldwide filed 3.1 million patent applications in 2016, up 8.3 percent from a year earlier, marking the seventh straight yearly increase.
3M Co. has sued Kerr Corp., claiming that two of Kerr’s dental-composite materials infringe on 3M’s patent rights, company officials announced Monday.
Officials from California-based Kerr could not be reached for comment.
3M’s lawsuit alleges that Kerr’s SonicFill 2 and Harmonize dental-composite materials copy the patented nanotechnology 3M developed for its 3M Filtek Supreme universal dental restoratives.
When you think about China, what comes to mind? A country that is backward, lawless and bent on copying others’ technology, even resorting to stealing intellectual property (for instance, trade secrets) from others?
Or a country whose vibrant economy is fast-moving, driven by creativity and innovations?
Stephen Moore: NAFTA 2.0 must strengthen intellectual property rights
It now appears Donald Trump's intention regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement is to mend it, not end it. That's good news because the trade deal has been a stunning economic success for Canada, Mexico and the United States. Freer trade has meant steady increases in the volume of trade, greater competitiveness and lower prices.
BULLHEAD CITY — The owners of the Edgewater and Colorado Belle casinos have made an offer to Bullhead City that would see the company purchase and run the Bullhead City River Regatta.
The Bullhead City Council plans to vote on the offer at its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 17.
Workshop on intellectual property planned in Aiken
The SCORE chapter in Aiken will hold a workshop on intellectual property in October.
The workshop will feature presenter Doug Lineberry, an attorney with the McNair Law Firm in Greenville, and will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 at the Aiken County Agriculture Center, 1555 Richland Ave. E.
Commerce chief: US to tackle ‘bigger’ China trade issues
HONG KONG (AP) — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday that the Trump administration's priorities as it prepares to tackle "bigger" and "more difficult" trade issues with China are better market access, less protectionism and protecting intellectual property rights.
Ross spoke to reporters in Hong Kong after visiting Beijing, where he said he made it clear to Chinese officials that "we do need major change" in the U.S-China trade relationship, which he said "is too lopsided."