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Apple applies for 'iWatch' trademark in Japan

A June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office reveals that Apple has applied for a trademark for “iWatch” in the Land of the Rising Sun. The device is listed in a category that includes other products like handheld computers…

DNA can no longer be patented, says US Supreme Court

When it comes to ethical debates, the decision to patent human DNA is one of the most controversial. It might seem ridiculous, but for the past three decades the American government has been awarding patents to biotechnology companies, providing them…

Amazon patent outlines an anonymous mobile payment system

Amazon may be preparing to launch an anonymous mobile payment system as evident by a patent application published yesterday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Originally filed for in April 2009, the service would allow people to purchase items…

Microsoft sued over use of Live Tiles in Windows

Microsoft is already facing lawsuits related to the recently-launched Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems. Surfcast, a Portland-based company OS development company has filed a complaint with a U.S. District Court in Maine, claiming that Microsoft is infringing…

ITC deems Kodak patent invalid, favors Apple and RIM

The US International Trade Commission has once again rejected Kodak's complaint against Apple and Research In Motion. Kodak filed a complaint in January 2010, accusing the mobile firms of infringing on US patent number 6,292,218, which describes an image previewing technology...