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Barnes & Noble backed by U.S. in patent case

Barnes & Noble should win a patent-infringement case brought by Microsoft Corp. that threatens to halt imports of the bookseller’s Nook e-reader, according to staff of the U.S. trade agency hearing the dispute.

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Dupont’s Pioneer sues Monsanto over patents

DuPont Co.’s Pioneer Hi-Bred unit expanded its grievances against Monsanto Co. with a lawsuit alleging infringement of two patents for producing corn seed that can withstand environmental stress.

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Apple beats Android on first patent ruling

HTC Corp., the second-largest maker of devices using Google Inc.’s Android software, lost a ruling in a patent case against Apple Inc. that sought to block U.S. imports of the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

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Ruling narrows patent-misconduct standard

Abbott Laboratories won a U.S. appeals court ruling that will make it harder for companies to block inventors from enforcing their intellectual property rights because of potential misconduct in obtaining the patent. The ruling tightens standards for “finding both intent and materiality” in determining inequitable conduct before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Chief Judge Randall Rader wrote in an opinion Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington. Except in egregious cases, patents would be unenforceable only if information withheld would have affected whether the invention was approved, the court ruled.

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Kappos seeks to cut U.S. patent backlog

David Kappos, the head of the U.S. patent office, said his agency is “on the hunt” to cut its applications backlog to the lowest since 2007 to further President Barack Obama’s goal of job growth through innovation.

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Solo Cup wins ruling over patent marks

Solo Cup Co., a maker of plastic and paper tableware, won an appeals court ruling that may help consumer-goods companies fend off lawsuits over expired patents listed on their products. Solo Cup didn’t mean to deceive consumers when it posted ...

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Limelight wins appeal in software patent case

Limelight Networks Inc. won an appeals court ruling that upheld a verdict related to patent-infringement claims by Level 3 Communications Inc. over software that speeds delivery of Web videos. Limelight had won a trial last year that determined the Tempe, ...

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Microsoft loss in I4i patent case will stand, court says

Microsoft Corp. failed in its bid to have a U.S. appeals court take a second look at a patent-infringement case that forced it to change its popular Word software and resulted in a damage award that’s grown to more than ...

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