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Delays skew patent system in favor of big corporations, some inventors say

Jun 16, 2022
It can take years for a patent to be granted, unless the inventor can pony up extra cash for expedited handling.
The first patent was granted in 1790. Since then, the Patent and Trademark Office has issued about 11 million.
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Waiving patents on COVID-19 vaccines no magic pill for shortage

May 6, 2021
Global vaccine distribution also depends on access to information and having enough production plants.
To ensure that lifting patent restrictions has an impact, vaccine companies need to share know-how with manufacturers around the world.
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U.S. backs waiving patent protections for COVID vaccines

Changing international property rules requires unanimous agreement from nations that are part of the World Trade Organization.
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Could waiving patents increase the global supply of COVID-19 vaccines?

Apr 30, 2021
Advocates for waiving say letting countries make generic vaccines would help. Skeptics say it's not that simple.
Right now, we don't have nearly enough vaccine supply for the world. A big reason for that is patents, said Amy Kapczynski, a law professor at Yale.
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Apple, Qualcomm settle lawsuits, paving way for 5G iPhone

Apr 17, 2019
Apple had sued the chip maker for almost $30 billion.
A Qualcomm chip.
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FDA website to post names of drug makers blocking development of cheaper generics

May 17, 2018
The FDA plans to unveil a website today naming pharmaceutical companies that have blocked the development of generic drugs by failing to provide samples to competitors. This public posting is part of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s larger crackdown to, as he says, “end the shenanigans” by brand name drug companies. Click the audio player above […]

Someone probably owns most of the things you say

Feb 15, 2018
And that's a problem for people naming new businesses.
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Want to patent your invention? Here's what you need to know.

Feb 2, 2018
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is getting six times as many applications as it did in 1980. And then there's the backlog.
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The Supreme Court rejects rule banning offensive trademarks

Jun 20, 2017
SCOTUS says it is unconstitutional to reject trademarks because they use offensive terms like racial slurs.
A view of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Patent sales can have lots of potential buyers

Jun 8, 2016
Yahoo seeks buyers for about 3,000 non-core patents.
Yahoo is looking to make over $1 billion selling thousands of patents.
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