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Reed Construction Data Sues McGraw-Hill Construction, Alleging Corporate Spying
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New York–Reed Construction Data, a unit of Reed Elsevier, Thursday sued its chief competitor, McGraw-Hill Construction, alleging that Dodge, a unit of McGraw-Hill Construction that lists construction projects, has engaged in corporate spying since 2002. “This is a case of brazen industrial espionage committed by a sophisticated corporate entity with the intent of forcing its top competitor out of the…

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Apple Challenges Woolworths Over Fruit Logo
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Apple has challenged Woolworths over its corporate logo, arguing that it is too similar to its own trademark, the Australian retailer said Monday. Sydney-based Woolworths in August 2008 introduced a new logo — a stylized “W”, which it says is similar to peeled fruit — to represent fresh food. Read the rest of the story here.

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Federal Grants Power Research on Computer Games and Learning
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A research team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently won $4.5 million in federal grants to study computer games and learning. “Funding at this scale gives us an unprecedented opportunity to use computer games to teach — and to test what kids have learned — in a new way,” says David Williamson Shaffer, a professor of educational psychology in the UW-Madison…

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European Adviser Backs Google on Trademarks
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By Eric Pfanner – A legal adviser to the European Union’s top court backed Google in a trademark case on Tuesday, saying the company should be allowed to sell brand names like Louis Vuitton or Coca-Cola as advertising keywords. The legal opinion recommends that the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg clear Google of trademark infringement in several lawsuits in France that…

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Corporate Disputes Dominate the Docket as a New Justice Joins the Court
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By Tony Mauro — The U.S. Supreme Court begins its term Oct. 5 with new Justice Sonia Sotomayor on board and a business-heavy docket that seems almost tailor-made to engage and challenge her. More than half of the 45 cases already set for the new term focus on business — a greater number than in past terms — but they…

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Justice O’Connor Promotes Educational Games
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She may have retired from the U.S. Supreme Court three years ago, but former associate justice Sandra Day O’Connor still conducts outreach about the role of the courts. She told KPCC’s Patt Morrison that the Web site OurCourts.org tries to meet young people in a familiar venue. Sandra Day O’Connor: “We have managed to put two very delightful and entertaining…

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Nestle Sued by Weight Watchers Over Ice Cream Trademark Claims
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Sept. 17 (Bloomberg), By Joel Rosenblatt — Nestle SA, the world’s largest food producer, was sued by Weight Watchers International Inc. over claims its frozen-food packaging infringes the weight control company’s trademarks. Nestle and its Dreyer’s ice cream unit’s Skinny Cow brand are accused of improperly displaying the Weight Watchers trademark on Web sites and packaging of diet frozen foods…

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iStockphoto Seeks Profit From Legal Worries
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By Stephen Shankland Adding photographs can help advertisements, brochures, and other content, but getting sued for inappropriately using another company’s trademark or violating an individual’s privacy is a buzzkill. iStockphoto now has begun promoting a legal guarantee under which the company will cover up to $10,000 in legal expenses in cases involving trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, or…

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Google Modifies European Book Plans
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THE BBC REPORTS: Google has offered concessions to European publishers who are concerned about the Internet giant’s plans to put books into a massive online library. Material which is out of print in the US, but still available for sale elsewhere, will not be added to Google Books, unless consent is granted. Google has already digitised millions of out-of-print titles.…

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Supreme Court Opens Up to C-SPAN
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  A new justice joining the Supreme Court is something of a mixed blessing, it turns out. While Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. called it “an exciting part of life at the Court,” Justice Clarence Thomas noted, “You have to start all over; the chemistry is different,” and Justice Anthony Kennedy added, “It’s stressful for us, because we so admire…

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