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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
 
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April 17, 2014 | NPR · A typical UPS truck now has hundreds of sensors on it. That's changing the way UPS drivers work — and it foreshadows changes coming for workers throughout the economy.
 
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened.
 
April 16, 2014 | NPR · NATO has announced a strengthening of its forces near the alliance's eastern border. Gen. George Joulwan, the former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, discusses the plan.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Nov 26, 2013 — Online retailer Newegg has lost a patent case centering on Web encryption, as a Texas jury orders the company to pay damages to the company TQP Development. Newegg says it will appeal the verdict, which came despite several encryption experts' testimony on its behalf.
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May 13, 2013 — An Indiana farmer bought soybeans that he knew likely included some with genetic modifications developed by Monsanto. The agribusiness giant sued because it controls the patent on such soybeans. The Supreme Court says the farmer infringed on Monsanto's legal rights.
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Apr 15, 2013 — Same-sex marriage got huge headlines at the Supreme Court last month, but in the world of science and medicine, the case being argued on Monday is far more important. The lawsuit deals with a truly 21st century issue that in some cases can pit drugmakers against patients.
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Apr 1, 2013 — Novartis lost its bid to patent one of its cancer drugs. Indian authorities say the drug is too much like an earlier version. Novartis says the ruling may dampen drug companies' willingness to work in India. Others say the ruling will help make less expensive drugs available to the world's poor.
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Oct 23, 2012 — On today's show, we talk with a Stanford law professor about the problems with software patents — and how to fix the system.
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Sep 12, 2012 — A lawsuit over $98 Lululemon yoga pants feels sort of ridiculous its face. But the case is actually a big deal.
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Sep 10, 2012 — Industrial designers are conflicted over the impact a jury's decision that Samsung infringed on many of Apple's mobile phone patents. Some say it might cramp creativity. Others say it will free them from having to make designs that look just like Apple's.
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Aug 31, 2012 — Hanging out with meat inventors, cutting up chickens, and thinking about patents and innovation.
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Aug 30, 2012 — A meat inventor demonstrates U.S. patent 5,346,711. Invented in a converted garage, now available at a Popeye's near you.
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Aug 25, 2012 — The legal win over Samsung, and the more than $1 billion in damages awarded, could send rival phone makers scrambling to make their products less "Apple-like."
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