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Legal news from Sunday, June 17, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed a brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday in Association for Molecular Pathology v. US Patent and Trademark Office, an ongoing case challenging a Utah company's patent on genes associated with breast and ovarian …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

China authorities launched an investigation on Friday into whether local family planning officials forced Feng Jianmei to have an abortion in her seventh month of pregnancy. Feng and her family allege that earlier this month she was taken to a hospital and her child was forcibly aborted because she did not have money to pay the fine …

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by Jennie Ryan

The UN Security Council on Sunday demanded the immediate release of a group of four staff members from the International Criminal Court (ICC) detained in Libya earlier this month. The Security Council noted that Libya has a legal obligation under Resolution 1970 (2011) to "cooperate fully with and provide any necessary assistance …

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by Jennie Ryan

The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) suspended its mission to supervise the implementation of a peace plan in the country on Saturday. Major General Robert Mood, head of the UNSMIS mission, blamed the group's exit from Syria on "an escalation in fighting and of the risk to his 300-strong team, as …

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