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US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung lead the pack

IFI Claims, a company that tracks patent activity in the US, released its annual tally of IP work and noted that 2019 saw a new high-watermark of 333,530 patents granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

WIPO prepares to elect new director general

There are 10 candidates, eight men and two women, declared to succeed Francis Gurry as WIPO Director General, when he retires in September this year after serving two six-year terms.

Chinese court rules AI-written article is protected by copyright

A court in Shenzhen, China, has ruled that an article generated by AI is protected by copyright.

New Mario & Luigi trademark filed by Nintendo despite series’ studio closure

Nintendo has filed for a new trademark for the Mario & Luigi brand, despite the studio that develops the series – AlphaDream – having closed last year.

Ariana Grande hit with copyright suit over ‘7 Rings’

Ariana Grande was sued on Thursday by a hip-hop artist who claims she ripped off the chorus of his song for her hit “7 Rings”.

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