#1. Obama Grants Reprieve to Apple…and why it matters.
An ongoing story, the editors at Bloomberg report on the effects of President Obama’s granting a reprieve to Apple. ON August 1, Susan Decker and Peter Burrows reported that Apple was seeking a reprieve from President Obama to allow the company to continue selling versions of its iPhone4 and iPad2 in the United States. The reprieve was granted and Bloomberg reports that Samsumg’s market value dropped by over $1 billion.
#2. Google wins Patent Battle over Predetermined “UnLocking” Patterns
Don Reisinger for CNET describes, in a recent report, how Google’s “Alternative Unlocking Patterns” are different from other technologies. “Currently, software allows for different unlocking patterns, but all they do is open up the handset's software. Google's technology would unlock the device and bring people to a certain place within the software.”
#3. Raymond T. Chen Affirmed as Newest Justice on US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Gene Quinn at IPWatchdog reports on the newest Justice. Justice Chen was formerly the Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
#4. Cadbury and Nestle have a Row over KitKat Design
The crunchy confection beloved by chocolate enthusiasts around the world has a dicey future after the IPO ruled the bars distinctive shape could not be trademarked in the UK. James Tozer, reporting for the UK’s Daily Mail Online, explains that a real tricky legal situation arises becauset the distinctive KitKat design is already trademarked at the EU level.
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