The Morning Briefing: Patent wars

Summary:"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about global patent wars.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about patent battles across the globe.

1.) Apple files patent complaint against Motorola. According to a Motorola filing with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Apple has requested for the European Commission to intervene in its ongoing patent battle with Motorola Mobility.

2.) U.S. Drug company defends granted 'gene patent'. Lawyers for the company, Myriad Genetics in Australia, have defended its right to the patent for a common genetic mutation in breast cancer -- rejecting the idea that it amounts to the privatization of the human body. The company gained a patent in 1994, qualified as an invention because the act of removing it from the body changed it "chemically, structurally and functionally".

3.) Why do the legal battles of Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Google matter? Intellectual property infringements are nothing new, and yet there seems to be a sharp rise in the skirmishes of patent wars across the globe. Why should we care?

4.) HTC patent claim against Apple dismissed. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has dismissed a patent complaint against Apple from HTC, ruling that the company did not infringe patents during the development of its iOS mobile operating system. The complaint was first filed eight months ago.

5.) Hyundai, Kia sued by Toyota in hybrids war. Hyundai and Kia Motors are in the midst of a patent-infringement lawsuit with Toyota concerning hybrid-engine technology.

Bonus: Patent Reveals Google TV With Siri-Like Voice Recognition

Bonus: Do patents promote innovation?

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Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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