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EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook

European Union countries on Wednesday endorsed an overhaul of the bloc’s copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.

New York Lawmaker Joins Campaign to Break Patent on HIV Drug

The Speaker of the New York City Council is calling for the National Institutes of Health to break the patent on the HIV prevention drug Truvada.

Babybel creator loses red wax trademark to Sainsbury’s opposition

Fromageries Bel, the creator of Babybel, has had its trademark for a 3D round wax coating with the colour limited to red cancelled following a successful invalidation request by Sainsbury’s.

EPO member states meet to discuss plant patent crisis

Representatives from the 38 member states of the European Patent Office have met to discuss the patentability of plants obtained by essentially biological process following several high profile invalidation cases.

The Kardashians want to trademark “Stormiworld” & all of their children’s names

The Kardashian-Jenner family has apparently filed paperwork to trademark the names of its youngest members – including Stormi Webster, True Thompson and Kim Kardashian West’s three children.

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