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Stuart Richardson

These days a certain four-letter expletive — arguably English's naughtiest word — is bouncing around the European Court of Justice. But it's not coming from potty-mouthed prosecutors: The obscenity lies at the heart of an unprecedented case over patenting vulgarity, Berlin-based daily Die Welt reports.

It's a case several years in the making. In 2015, the German production company Constantin Film released the second installment in its comedic trilogy Fack ju Göhte, a playful misspelling of "F*ck You Goethe," about the hapless life of an ex-con-cum-high school teacher. The title, which insults the name of Germany's most famous writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, didn't seem to offend the German censors. But for the European Union's Intellectual Property Office, the EU's patent bureau, the cursing came with a cost.

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Welcome to Thursday, where more Ukrainian soldiers surrender in Mariupol, Sri Lanka defaults on its debt,and George W. Bush offers an epic geopolitical gaffe. Meanwhile, Lili Bai in Chinese-language digital media The Initium looks at what’s driving the current “expat exodus” at play in Shanghai.

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