News Roundup: Apple seeks damages over Samsung patents

In March, the patent-laden cloud computing business of Apple, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. over a patent claim. Bloomberg reported that Apple filed a motion for $2.8 billion in damages over the use of the Apple patents in Samsung phones. After antitrust regulators inspected the 13 deals that were offered to firms in the wake of the Apple lawsuit and its lengthy investigation, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a letter denying an investigation. “We have concluded, without conducting the requested scope of review, that there is nothing to investigate,” the letter states.

Several countries have intervened on behalf of immigrant labourers. Activists in the Philippines and Brazil have said that they filed lawsuits against employers that mistreat or victim immigrants who work as domestic workers. For example, the World Trade Organization decided that around 1.7 million workers in Mexico and around 2.5 million workers in Brazil are victims of forced labour in the industries of construction, telecommunications, and entertainment. Mexico has even been asked to make an offer to these country to resolve the issue. More recently, a report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said that poor migrant children may have less basic rights than wealthier children because of the conditions they face.

In one of the worst crimes for slaves, Chinese went through a gruelling seven-year labour period of servitude for the pay of 200 Yuan per month. According to Chinese Government research, the strong and simple form of slavery shows no signs of abating. Even so, the trade unions have called for a response by the industry to combat slavery, which the company produced the papers for. The handwriting that carries away the Bible can be recovered, according to the recommendations in a National Digital Heritage Institute report, which notes, that the International Court of Justice upheld the Iron Man patent because it registered digital traces of a particular part of the Earth, including meteorites and insects.

African farmers with power to manage illegal fires in the Great Rift Valley region have received their wish after decades of opposing grass fires that threaten to destroy valuable farmland. Researchers from the University of South Africa’s Institute for Global Monitoring, a South African affiliate of the Asian Development Bank, have produced a report on possible solutions, based on research of the Climate Change Adaptation Project, a consortium of international research institutions. The researchers have said that informal crops which emit less carbon dioxide and produce better yields have made a drastic transition from steep bush burns to intense grass fires. In comparison, charcoal fires, which are used for cooking charcoal, emit a little more greenhouse gas and produce less carbon dioxide.

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