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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Distances Himself From Other Weird Als With New Trademark

The king of parody pop has renewed his longstanding trademark of his showbiz moniker, after it was used to describe disgraced US senator Al Franken.

Trademark row over Iceland football chant

Patent office declines to comment on row over cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson’s dispute over t-shirts featuring trademarked Icelandic football chant.

Google Could Owe Oracle $8.8 Billion in Android Fight

Long dispute between the two software firms has split Silicon Valley between those who develop the code that allows software to function and those who develop software programmes.

Trump trade war: China tells US it will defend national interests

China’s vice-premier has accused the US of violating international trade rules by imposing tariffs on Chinese goods.


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