IP NEWS

  • The question of whether a cake can be protected as intellectual property has come to the fore: One of Donald Trump's inaugural ball cakes is almost an exact copy of one baked for Barack Obama's celebration. [Quartz]
  • ZeniMax, a game developer, is suing Oculus and Facebook for stealing some essential elements in their virtual reality headsets; Mark Zuckerberg himself testified at a jury trial for the case, which could be worth as much as $2 billion. [New York Times].
  • Patent protection for the drug industry has been manipulated by drug companies to subvert the original intentions of patent protection - to reward progress - and instead keeps prices high for medically necessary pharmaceuticals. [Forbes]
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  • Dating back to the early 1900's, organizations that make the holidays' signature treat "candy canes" have received patents for their unique machines that shape this candy into various shapes and figures. [Smithsonian Magazine]
  • Two Chinese firms were forced to pay a significant sum of money to a large foreign firm for registering trademarks similar to BMW.  [Business Insider]
  • The race to patent and sue others for using patented technology continues as Apple sues Nokia for incorporating various aspects of its patented technology into Nokia's phones. [Reuters]