WBEZ | patents http://www.wbez.org/tags/patents Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Protesters: Pacific trade pact will help export jobs http://www.wbez.org/story/protesters-pacific-trade-pact-will-help-export-jobs-91530 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-05/PTP march.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>About 500 activists marched Monday afternoon in downtown Chicago to protest U.S. trade negotiations with some Latin American and Asian nations.<br> <br> The march ended at the Hilton Chicago, where delegations from nine countries on Tuesday will begin their eighth round of talks toward what they’re calling the Trans-Pacific Partnership.<br> <br> President Obama’s administration says U.S. aims in the negotiations are jobs and prosperity for the American people. His team says it’s addressing shortfalls of earlier U.S. pacts, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.<br> <br> That’s not convincing critics. “Thousands of workers here in Chicago and all over the Midwest are out of jobs because of trade agreements like NAFTA,” said Tom Balanoff, president of the Service Employees International Union Illinois Council, at a rally before the march.<br> <br> NAFTA has also “destroyed the livelihoods” of millions of Mexican farmers, Balanoff added. “And what do they tell us in Washington? ‘Let’s keep following those policies.’ ”<br> <br> The protestors say they will deliver 10,000 postcards to negotiators on Tuesday. The cards urge the United States to make sure any deal protects labor rights, the environment and human rights.<br> <br> On Wednesday, AIDS activists are planning to protest proposed treaty provisions that would strengthen pharmaceutical patents. The activists say the patents lock in prices for life-saving medications that poor people can't afford.<br> <br> The Chicago talks are set to run through September 15. Besides the United States, the nations include Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.</p></p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 21:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/protesters-pacific-trade-pact-will-help-export-jobs-91530 Schaumberg-based Motorola sued by Microsoft http://www.wbez.org/story/news/microsoft-sues-motorola <p><p>Microsoft says Motorola is violating the software maker's technology patent by using Google's Android software in Moto phones. The Android software includes an operating system and key applications for mobile devices. The functions in question include synchronizing e-mail, calendars and contacts.<br /><br />Microsoft filed its lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. It's also filed a claim with the International Trade Commission.<br /><br /> In a statement, Horacio Gutierrez of Microsoft said, &quot;We have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year in bringing innovative software products and services to market. Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its Android smartphones.&quot;<br /><br />Motorola wouldn't immediately comment on the lawsuit. But a statement released by the company says it has one of the strongest intellectual property portfolios in the industry and that Motorola will &quot;vigorously defend itself in this matter.&quot;</p></p> Fri, 01 Oct 2010 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/microsoft-sues-motorola