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Preview: U.S. agriculture wary as Monsanto heads to Supreme Court
The patent battle over an herbicide-resistant genetic trait could have ramifications for the biotechnology industry and the future of food production.

Obama says patent reform needs to go farther
In an unusual foray into patent law, the president said reforms need to address the trend of non-practicing entities aggressively suing other companies for infringement.

Google app store policy raises privacy concerns
An Australian software developer said the company was providing him with personal information, including email addresses, of everyone who purchased his mobile app.

The matchmakers behind the AMR-US Airways marriage
The financial and legal advisers for AMR’s unsecured creditors’ committee joined forces to make sure AMR management would give consolidation a fair shake.

Analysis: Tesoro’s refinery deal probed by regulators
One of California’s biggest gasoline producers has made an aggressive play to buy a BP refinery. But winning antitrust approval will be no slam dunk.

City loses latest round in legal battle over homeless shelters
A state appeals court ruled that New York illegally bypassed a public hearing and other vetting steps in implementing a new policy.

AMR shareholders to receive rare value from Chapter 11
Shareholders of the American Airlines parent may end up with a stake worth about $400 mln after the bankrupt company announced a merger with U.S. Airways.

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