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Merck KGaA wins U.S. CRISPR patent

“Germany-based Merck KGaA MKKGY, +0.60% has won a U.S. patent for a CRISPR technology that helps make the gene-editing technique more efficient” writes Sarah Toy for marketwatch.com. The U.S. patent marks the Merck KGaA’s thirteenth CRISPR patent worldwide, though it is the first CRISPR-related patent the company has received in the U.S. Shares of Merck KGaA have gained 16% in the past 12 months, while the S&P 500 SPX, +1.09% has gained 1.6%.Merck KGaA’s technology, called proxy-CRISPR, is a technique that helps open up the genome to make certain hard-to-reach…

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Apple says it will resume selling banned iPhone 7 and 8 models in Germany using only chips from Qualcomm, after it had “no choice” but to stop using Intel chips

“(Reuters) – Apple Inc said Thursday that it will resume selling older iPhone models in its stores in Germany, where they were banned last year due to a patent infringement ruling” writes Min Read for reuters.com. The alleged patent violation stemmed not from Intel chips but yet another Apple supplier – Qorvo Inc – whose chip was only present in older phones with Intel modems. Source: reuters.com

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Apple to resume selling banned iPhone models in Germany exclusively with Qualcomm inside

“Apple will resume sales of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 devices in Germany, after a ruling in December forced the company to halt sales of the two devices for infringing on Qualcomm patents” reports 9to5mac.com. The alleged patent violation stemmed not from Intel chips but yet another Apple supplier – Qorvo Inc – whose chip was only present in older phones with Intel modems.While Qualcomm saw a major victory in the court ruling from December, a second lawsuit from January was thrown out in Germany, being described by a patent…

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Apple’s workaround to Qualcomm patent woes in Germany is to use Qualcomm chips

“The iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus are once again available in Germany, after a patent dispute forced apple to withdraw the sale of the phones at the beginning of January (via The Wall Street Journal)” writes Feb Est for theverge.com. In a statement, the company said that “to ensure all iPhone models can again be available to customers in Germany, we have no choice but to stop using Intel chips and ship our phones with Qualcomm chips in Germany.” The workaround mirrors a move by the company…

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Biogen stock declines as patent office says Mylan patent win likely

“BIIB, -1.11% shares declined in the extended session Wednesday after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said Mylan NV could likely succeed in a patent challenge to a Biogen multiple sclerosis drug” writes Wallace Witkowski for marketwatch.com. Biogen shares fell 2.8% after hours, following a 1.1% decline to close at $333.24.On the other hand, shares of Mylan also declined, falling 1.5% after hours, following a 0.4% decline to close at $30.97.In a decision, the USPTO said that of 20 patent claims against Biogen’s drug Tecfidera, Mylan “has demonstrated a reasonable…

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Xeeva Secures AI Patent For Procurement Spend Analysis

“Procurement technology firm Xeeva has announced a new patent pertaining to enhanced spend analytics, the company said in a recent press release” reports pymnts.com. Xeeva has been issued a patent for its Virtual Data Manager technology, which integrates artificial intelligence to strengthen the quality and consistency of “imperfect” data.The firm’s Virtual Data Manager and Virtual Catalog Manager technologies deploy artificial intelligence to classify data, categorize information and create catalogs based on strategic sourcing data.The technology enables the cleansing and classification of spend data as well as the ability to analyze…

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U.S., China take the lead in race for artificial intelligence: U.N.

“However, the world did not have any reliable way of measuring the quality of patent applications” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. China said in December it resolutely opposed “slanderous” accusations from the United States and other allies criticizing China for economic espionage and stealing intellectual property and company secrets.GENEVA (Reuters) – China and the United States are ahead of the global competition to dominate artificial intelligence (AI), according to a study by the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published on Thursday.”They are serious players in the field of…

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Federal Court Rules That Patent Troll Can’t Hide Its Machinations

“A federal judge has ordered that prolific patent troll Uniloc cannot hide its shell games from the public” writes Daniel Nazer for eff.org. As Judge Alsup suggested in court, Uniloc appeared to be using complex machinations to hide its patents or its assets, possibly to avoid being hit with sanctions.Ultimately, Uniloc should not be able to hide which entity owns (or claims to own) a patent. Source: eff.org

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Apple wins against Qualcomm in second German patent lawsuit

“Apple wins against Qualcomm in second German patent lawsuit You win some, you lose some, as they say” reports slashgear.com. Apple’s complaints have leaned more on Qualcomm’s unfair and illegal business practices while Qualcomm has sued Apple for patent infringement.There is still no formal ruling but the court’s initial verbal decision has sided with Apple and finds no patent infringement in the use of Qualcomm’s chips in iPhones.Qualcomm will naturally appeal the decision but it might already be too busy defending itself in a different major case. Source: slashgear.com

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German court throws out Qualcomm’s latest patent case against Apple

“Apple declined to comment on the Mannheim decision” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “Apple has a history of infringing our patents,” said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s executive vice president and general counsel.”While we disagree with the Mannheim court’s decision and will appeal, we will continue to enforce our (intellectual property) rights against Apple worldwide.”.  Source: 95kqds.com

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