Legal news from Monday, July 23, 2012

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday urged the government of Bahrain to release all prisoners of conscience [press release] immediately in the wake of an appeal by human rights activist Nabeel Rajab [JURIST news archive] challenging his three-month sentence [JURIST report] for comments he posted on his Twitter … [read more]

[JURIST] The recent wave of violence in Iraq was condemned [press release] Monday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) [official website]. UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Political Affairs Gyoray Busztin [official profile] denounced the wave of attacks that began over the weekend, reportedly a … [read more]

[JURIST] A Ukraine judge on Monday again postponed the tax evasion trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive]. Judge Kostyantyn Sadovsky for the court in the city of Kharkiv held [Reuters report] that it would be impossible to proceed with the trial when Tymoshenko is … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau (IMB) [official website] on Monday reported that the number of global pirate attacks fell sharply [press release] in the first half of 2012. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre [official website] (PRC) received reports [materials] of 177 incidents in the first six … [read more]

[JURIST] An Australian federal court on Monday began hearing two patent infringement cases brought by Apple and Samsung Electronics [corporate websites] that are anticipated to last for the next three months. Apple has sued Samsung for infringing numerous patents by producing smartphones and tablets similar in design to the iPhone … [read more]

[JURIST] The US International Trade Commission (USITC) [official website] on Friday upheld a ruling [notice of determination; PDF] by its administrative law judge (ALJ) that Apple and Research in Motion (RIM) did not illegitimately use digital image preview technology patented by Eastman Kodak [corporate websites]. Kodak had appealed earlier USITC … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Friday heard arguments in Association for Molecular Pathology v. US Patent and Trademark Office (AMP), an ongoing case that challenged a Utah company's patent on two genes associated with breast and ovarian cancers. The three-judge panel is … [read more]

[JURIST] The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines [official website] announced Monday that it will investigate a recently discovered mass grave containing at least 30 suspected victims of the country's military coup in the 1980s. The chairwoman of the Commission Loretta Rosales [official profile] stated [WP report] that it … [read more]

[JURIST] The Israeli government on Sunday requested that the Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] block the planned evacuation of the Migron settlement in the West Bank [JURIST news archive]. The court had earlier insisted upon an August 1 dispersal of the camp, but the government is hoping … [read more]

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