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Trouble for Dan Snyder?: Federal court rules that trademarks can’t disparage ethnic groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision to refuse to allow the owners of a website titled “Stop! Islamization of America” to trademark the site’s name, in a case that legal experts think has implications for the long-running fight over the name of the Washington…

After mocking Bitcoin, Western Union gets patent on exchange for ‘alternative currencies’

Western Union Gets A Patent On An Exchange For ‘Alternative Currencies’ (via Techdirt) Remember how the USPTO isn’t supposed to be granting patents on “abstract ideas” like escrow services or payment settlements? Right, so it appears that on April 1st (yes, April Fool’s Day) of this year, the US Patent…

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…

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