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Legal news from Monday, July 23, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged the government of Bahrain to release all prisoners of conscience immediately in the wake of an appeal by human rights activist Nabeel Rajab challenging his three-month sentence for comments he posted on his Twitter page in June. Rajab, the president of the Bahrain …

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by Dan Taglioli

The recent wave of violence in Iraq was condemned Monday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Political Affairs Gyoray Busztin denounced the wave of attacks that began over the weekend, reportedly a coordinated string of bombings and shootings in 13 cities, including …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Ukraine judge on Monday again postponed the tax evasion trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Judge Kostyantyn Sadovsky for the court in the city of Kharkiv held that it would be impossible to proceed with the trial when Tymoshenko is absent. Tymoshenko is being treated at a state-run hospital for …

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by Dan Taglioli

The International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau (IMB) on Monday reported that the number of global pirate attacks fell sharply in the first half of 2012. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) received reports of 177 incidents in the first six months of this year, compared to 266 incidents for the …

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by Sung Un Kim

An Australian federal court on Monday began hearing two patent infringement cases brought by Apple and Samsung Electronics 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 and iPad. In response, Samsung brought a counterclaim alleging that …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) on Friday upheld a ruling 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. Kodak had appealed earlier USITC rulings that neither Apple nor RIM had violated Kodak's patent …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 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 rehearing the case on remand from the US Supreme Court …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines 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 stated that it is too early to draw conclusions on the identities of …

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by Keith Herting

The Israeli government on Sunday requested that the Supreme Court of Israel block the planned evacuation of the Migron settlement in the West Bank. The court had earlier insisted upon an August 1 dispersal of the camp, but the government is hoping to delay that until August 30. The Israeli state is …

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