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FBI official says foreign hackers have targeted COVID-19 research

A senior cybersecurity official with the FBI said on Thursday that foreign government hackers have broken into companies conducting research into treatments for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.

Gilead has filed for a trademark on the bottle for a coronavirus drug

Gilead Sciences is still testing its potential coronavirus treatment but it has already applied for a trademark for the drug’s packaging.

Trump loses trademark case over branded merchandise at Scottish golf resorts

Donald Trump has failed in a legal battle over branded merchandise at his golf resorts in Scotland.

Judge smacks down copyright suit over Instagram embedding

A New York federal judge has ruled that tech news site Mashable did not violate copyright law when it embedded an Instagram photo from photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair in an article.

In Blackbeard Pirate Ship Case, Supreme Court scuttles copyright claims

Ruling unanimously in favour of states’ rights on Monday, the US Supreme Court said that a videographer who spent two decades documenting the salvaging of Blackbeard’s ship cannot sue the state of North Carolina in federal court for using his videos without his permission.

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