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Nov 17, 2010

A federal court has upheld a major pharmaceutical company's patent on a leading cancer treatment drug, reports Businessweek.

The federal judge protected the patent on Alimta, a chemotherapy agent manufactured by Indiana drugmaker Eli Lilly and Company. Alimta is used to treat advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma.

The patent, which lasts until July 2016, was challenged by generic drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals in U.S.

Nov 9, 2010

Rubbermaid Commercial Products has filed a lawsuit claiming that two companies infringed on several of its patents for a mop and bucket combination, the Northern Virginia Daily reports.

The lawsuit, which was filed recently in U.S.

Oct 29, 2010

Recently, social media network Facebook filed for a patent to further improve its ad-targeting technology, making it possible that ads could be based on the interest of users' friends, CNET News reports.

The reason behind the patent, according to the news provider, appears to be that Facebook wants to send better advertisements to users who have not filled out their profiles with enough information for traditional targeting methods.

This form of second-degree ad-targeting is called "inferential" by Facebook.

"Members of social networks often do not

Oct 19, 2010

Sanho, which sells HyperMac external batteries for several Apple products, announced recently that it will stop selling the cables used to connect those components to certain Apple software, CNET News reports.

Oct 8, 2010

Mobile phone manufacturer Motorola is contending that Apple is guilty of infringing upon at least 18 patents connected to wireless technology utilized in Mac computers, iPhones and other gadgets, the Tech Herald reports.