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Google hit with lawsuit alleging fraud at patent office

A Taiwanese tech company has accused Alphabet Inc’s Google LLC of engaging in fraud during a US Patent and Trademark Office proceeding, in a lawsuit filed in Texas federal court.

Ex-Trump security advisor warns against Chinese leadership of WIPO

Former White House official John Bolton has said the “ability to protect IP is gravely threatened” if a Chinese-backed candidate becomes the new director general of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Sussex Royal brand: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle trademark registration in doubt as Queen intervenes

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle face further challenges to their Sussex Royal brand after reports have emerged that the Queen has banned the couple from using the brand if not on royal duties.

LeBron James’s media company accused of infringing trademark

Professional basketball star LeBron James and his digital media company have unfairly profited from using a slogan trademarked almost two years ago by a Maryland non-profit, a lawsuit filed this week alleges.

Amazon patents a launch system for snapping payloads into the air – or even into orbit

The patent application lays out a plan for a launch system that could theoretically send payloads into space on the end of a miles-long whip, guided by a phalanx of drones attached to the lash.

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