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Legal news from Saturday, May 11, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday ruled per curiam that an abstract idea is not patentable simply because it is tied to a computer system. Analysts say the ruling could have severe implications on software and business method patents. In the case, CLS Bank v. Alice Corporation, …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak appeared in court on Saturday for a retrial on charges of complicity in the murder of over 800 protesters last year. An Egyptian appeals judge overturned Mubarak's conviction and life sentence in January on those same charges, ordering a retrial. The next hearing is set for June 8 …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty Friday of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-83 rule. The court found that Rios Montt was responsible for commanding his military forces to kill 5.5 percent of the Ixil population, who were deemed "domestic enemies of the state." He was …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

A New York federal judge on Friday declined to delay his order that emergency contraception be available over the counter (OTC) to girls of all ages. Judge Edward Korman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued the order last month, citing a lack of scientific evidence to …

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