Judge upholds Merck patent on blockbuster allergy drug Singulair, protecting sales till 2012

Judge rules for Merck on allergy drug’s patent

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — A federal judge in New Jersey rules in favor of drugmaker Merck in a patent fight with a company wanting to make a generic version of Merck’s top-selling drug.

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Energy giant PetroChina agrees to buy $41 billion worth of Australian liquefied natural gas

Australia, China ink $41 billion natural gas deal

SYDNEY — A 50 billion Australian dollar ($41 billion) deal for China to buy Australian natural gas shows current diplomatic tensions between the two countries will not trump their commercial interests, officials said Wednesday.

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Microsoft asks court to stave off ban on US Word sales while it appeals patent ruling

Microsoft asks court to hold off on Word ban

SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp. is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to allow it to keep selling Word software as it fights an unfavorable patent ruling.

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Patent ruling on Lilly drug stirs some surprise but little reaction from investors

Patent ruling on Lilly drug stirs some surprise

INDIANAPOLIS — A federal court ruling that invalidated a patent protecting Eli Lilly and Co.’s cancer drug Gemzar surprised at least one analyst covering the company but stirred little reaction from investors in trading Tuesday.

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Australia says China canceled minister’s visit over Uighur activist row

Australia says China canceled minister’s visit

CANBERRA, Australia — China canceled a senior minister’s trip in anger at Australia’s granting of a visa to an exiled Uighur activist in the latest sign that ties between the two countries are strained.

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Align Technology shares climb on $90M patent settlement; S&P upgrades stock to ‘Hold’

Align Tech rises after Danaher patent settlement

NEW YORK — Shares of Align Technology Inc. jumped Monday after the dental products company settled a patent infringement lawsuit regarding its Invisalign teeth-straightening system.

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InterDigital 3rd-quarter guidance will narrowly misses Street; shares down after ITC ruling

InterDigital 3Q guidance to narrowly miss Street

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — Wireless technology developer InterDigital Inc. said Monday it expects third-quarter sales of $73.5 million to $75.5 million, just below Wall Street forecasts of $76.8 million.

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Par Pharmaceutical cites favorable ruling in patent dispute over pain drug Ultram ER

Par claims patent win in dispute over pain drug

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Generic drug developer Par Pharmaceutical Companies Inc. said Monday a federal court in Delaware ruled in the company’s favor in a patent dispute over the pain drug Ultram ER.

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InterDigital shares plunge after ITC rules for Nokia in patent dispute

Ahead of the Bell: InterDigital shares plunge

NEW YORK — InterDigital Inc. shares dove in premarket trading Monday after a U.S. International Trade Commission judge offered an initial ruling in favor of handset maker Nokia Corp. in a patent dispute.

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ITC judge rules in favor of Nokia in patent infringement case brought by InterDigital

ITC judge rules in favor of Nokia

HOUSTON — A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has issued an initial determination in favor of cell-phone maker Nokia Corp. in a patent infringement case brought by wireless technology developer InterDigital Inc.

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