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Bioethicists worried over patent on ‘designer babies’

European bioethicists raised the red flag Thursday over an American patent for a method that could allow people to choose genetic traits like eye colour in children sired from donor eggs or sperm. The patent for what is called a “gamete (egg or sperm) donor selection” method, was granted by…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters fight for trademark

Six weeks after emerging as the public face of widespread discontent with corporate America, Occupy Wall Street has found itself in an unlikely battle over trademark rights. The loosely organized group — formed to protest corporate greed and government dysfunction — had hoped to trademark its name so it could…

Microsoft fights Apple claim to ‘App Store’ name

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is fighting rival Apple’s claim that it has dibs on the name “App Store,” arguing the term is generic and can be used by any shop selling programs for gadgets such as smartphones. Microsoft has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple’s request…

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