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ImClone Gets New Cancer Antibody Patent

ImClone Systems Inc. reported Tuesday it received a patent from the Patent and Trademark Office covering the use of a certain antibody that binds to a receptor to prevent tumor growth.

The company said the patent - No. 6,811,779 - covers the therapeutic use of a vascular endothelial growth factor receptor, or VEGFR, antibody and either radiation or chemotherapy to treat cancer.

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Netherlands Hospital Euthanizes Babies

Nov 30, 3:03 PM (ET)

By TOBY STERLING

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - A hospital in the Netherlands - the first nation to permit euthanasia - recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose of sedatives.

The announcement by the Groningen Academic Hospital came amid a growing discussion in Holland on whether to legalize euthanasia on people incapable of deciding for themselves whether they want to end their lives - a prospect viewed with horror by euthanasia opponents and as a natural evolution by advocates.

In August, the main Dutch doctors' association KNMG urged the Health Ministry to create an independent board to review euthanasia cases for terminally ill people "with no free will," including children, the severely mentally retarded and people left in an irreversible coma after an accident.

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Japan: Accused net file-swapper is found guilty

Japanese man receives three-year suspended sentence
The Associated Press
Updated: 12:57 p.m. ET Nov. 30, 2004TOKYO - A man arrested last year on copyright charges for disseminating films on the Internet was given a three-year suspended sentence Tuesday — averting a jail term in one of the first crackdowns on file-sharing in Japan.

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Tech Firms Keep Riding Chinese Tiger

By Cynthia L. Webb
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 30, 2004; 10:10 AM

China may be an important growth market for software and hardware companies alike, but doing business there is not always an easy affair. Microsoft Corp. just got bird's nest soup on its face when a software deal in the country went bust after Beijing soured on it less than two weeks into the contract. And there's a renewed push to buy more locally made software as China works to fight the rampant problem of software piracy -- more bad news for U.S. software players.


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Scientist's invention was let go for a song

By Brier Dudley
Seattle Times technology reporter

Jim Russell, now retired in Bellevue, developed an early form of the compact disc and DVD when he was an engineer at Battelle. The glass plate Russell is holding was used to record a soap opera off television in 1974.

Consumers will spend billions this holiday season on CDs, DVDs and machines to record and play the ubiquitous silver discs.
But the inventor of the underlying technology won't make a cent.

Jim Russell, a retired scientist in Bellevue, can only shrug, shake his head and tell his story.

"What I invented was the optical-digital data-storage technology — the fundamental technology behind the whole thing," he said.

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Half Price Books Trademark Case

BarnesandNoble.com loses round in trademark case

By Stefanie Olsen

Promoting half-priced books could end up costing BarnesandNoble.com more than it bargained for, if a rival has its way.

A district court judge recently dismissed BarnesandNoble.com's motion for summary judgment in a case brought by Halfpricebooks.com, which sued the online book giant in 2002 for infringing its trademark "Half Price Books." The judge's opinion, filed Nov. 22, effectively allows Half Price's suit to proceed on the grounds that BN.com could have overstepped fair-use laws governing the right to use descriptive trademarks.

"While BN.com's name is displayed on each and every page (of its Web site), a reasonable jury may find that the usage of 'Half-Price Books' on the webpage is sufficiently prominent to suggest that there is an affiliation between HPB and BN.com," according to an opinion from Judge Lee Cook. "Therefore, HPB has directed the court to sufficient evidence in the record from which a reasonable jury could find in its favor on the issue of fair use."

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USPTO to Expand E-Notice Use

USPTO uses e-notices
BY Florence Olsen
Published on Nov. 29, 2004

U. S. Patent and Trademark Office officials have expanded their use of a Web-based bulk mailing system offered by the U.S. Postal Service.

USPTO officials said the electronic TPostal system creates electronic post cards with notifications for people who have applied for trademarks. The agency recently expanded its use of TPostal to 13 different notices of official trademark actions and deadlines. By sending about 1,000 such postcards daily, the agency saves nearly $64,000 a year on postage, agency officials said.

The online system, which USPTO officials refer to as TPostal, is based on USPS' NetPost Services.

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Hybrid Open Source

The Secrets of Open-Source Managing
Start treating your customers like employees.

From: Inc. Magazine, December 2004 | Page 33 By: David H. Freedman
Computer-game maker Valve Software had high hopes for Half-Life 2, an eagerly anticipated sci-fi shoot-'em-up thriller that had been five years in the making. And when the game finally became available over the Internet last year, fans were ecstatic. There was just one problem: Valve hadn't actually released the game. Instead, the code had been snatched by hackers, who'd posted it online for anyone to download. "This could have been a real hit to our bottom line," says Valve marketing chief Doug Lombardi.

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Why would a posse of online gamers -- a group not known for respecting niceties like copyrights -- set out after the liberators of the program they had so eagerly awaited? The answer can be found in the open-source movement, in which software -- the Linux operating system is the best-known example -- is developed by a community of mostly volunteer programmers, and anyone is free to use or modify it. Open-source ideas are fast moving beyond the high-tech world that spawned them. And while few firms are ready to give their products away, a growing number of entrepreneurs are embracing the idea of handing over their intellectual property to a community of volunteer enthusiasts to perform tasks that have long been the province of salaried employees. Call it a "hybrid open-source" model: The company owns the product, but the customers help customize and improve it. "Having people constantly adding to a product extends its life and fills out market niches that the original product wouldn't have reached," says Lars Bo Jeppesen, a visiting scholar at MIT who has studied hybrid open-source efforts.


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