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The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 11.23.11

The tobacco industry is getting even more high tech as an Altria subsidiary was issued a patent this week for cloning nicotine genes. Plus patents from MeadWestvaco, IBM, Honeywell and others.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 11.17.11

A startup is suing its venture capital backers (including a local VC firm) for misusing its intellectual property. Plus a very unusual restaurant suit involving an alleged racist cook.

The R&D Dept.: Local Patents for 11.9.11

A Midlothian man has invented a new kind of sports shoulder pads. A Colonial Heights company patented an air freshener device. Plus, patents from Capital One, Afton Chemical and Phillip Morris.