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Former Monk Sues L’Oreal Over Wrinkle Cream Patent

The Associated Press reports: A former Roman Catholic monk has filed a federal lawsuit against cosmetics giant L’Oreal, accusing the company of stealing patented technology in an anti-aging wrinkle cream that his charity was selling to raise money for the poor. Dennis Wyrzykowski and his company, Carmel Laboratories LLC, have been joined in the lawsuit by the University of Massachusetts …

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INDONESIA: Government Acts To Ignore Patents On HIV Medications

The government of Indonesia has told local pharmaceutical companies that they may ignore international patents on several HIV medications. Reuters reports: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono quietly issued a decree last month authorizing government use of patents for seven HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B medicines held by the likes of Merck & Co, GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott and Gilead. The international trade …

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Lipitor Goes Generic

Pfizer’s patent on their “blockbuster” heart drug Lipitor, which has raked in billions, ended yesterday. And already a cheaper generic has been cleared for sale. That news may be a literal lifesaver for people whose insurance did not cover Lipitor. Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. has won approval to sell generic copies of the $10.7 billion cholesterol pill Lipitor in the U.S., …

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Microsoft Loses Word Patent Appeal

Microsoft has lost its appeal of a patent claim against Word, meaning they can no longer sell the disputed version of the word processing software. (Until they pay off the people who actually invented it.) The ruling, by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit — which handles many patent and trademark cases — may signal the …

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