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Gilead Sciences is still testing its potential coronavirus treatment but it has already applied for a trademark for the drug’s packaging. A Gilead spokesperson says the trademark application “is par for the course” and “entirely consistent with our stated responsibility to plan for a potential regulatory authorization should remdesivir be proven safe and effective.”
Donald Trump has failed in a legal battle over branded merchandise at his golf resorts in Scotland. The US president’s representatives had trademarked ‘Trump’ for various goods and services connected to his businesses at Turnberry, Ayrshire, and Menie. But the Luxembourg-based Anthee Sarl challenged this right and called for the trademarks to be revoked.
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.
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. Although the decision had more to do with mundane copyright law than the law of the high seas, it was a victory for states claiming immunity from copyright infringement lawsuits.