Commercial Contracts

  • January 18, 2006

    Medtronic In Hot Water Again Over Spine Patents

    After last year’s record-breaking $1.4 billion payout to a Los Angeles surgeon, medical device maker Medtronic Inc. is now facing charges that it illegally sought patents based on the inventions of a New York orthopedic spine surgeon.

  • January 17, 2006

    Supreme Court Bans State Suits Against National Banks

    National banks scored an important victory that will minimize state-level lawsuits against them in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tuesday that moved a Wachovia Corp. case from a state court to a federal venue and stipulated that other banks with coast-to-coast presence are to be offered the same protection.

  • January 9, 2006

    Eli Lilly Loses Case Brought By Tiny Biotech Company

    Rejecting claims of a contract breach, an Indiana federal judge has ruled against Eli Lilly & Co. in a lawsuit that accused the pharmaceutical giant of stealing technology originally licensed to it by a small biotech company.

  • January 3, 2006

    News Corp Looks To High Court To Stop Suit

    In the latest development in its battle with shareholders over its anti-takeover provision, media company News Corp. has asked the Delaware Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that allowed a class action lawsuit against the company to proceed.

  • December 21, 2005

    Judge Lets Class Action Against News Corp Proceed

    A judge has given the green light to a huge class action suit filed against media powerhouse News Corporation over the company’s alleged refusal to allow shareholders to vote on a takeover defense.

  • December 16, 2005

    New Suits Fuel Gaming Industry Patent War

    The industry-wide battle over gaming patents continues to heat up, as two more companies have fired off lawsuits asserting patents that, given the growth of the gaming industry, could earn them billions.

  • December 6, 2005

    J&J Medical Device Prevails In Trade Secret Appeal

    A Johnson & Johnson medical device prevailed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit when the doctor that sued the company for trade secret violations failed to show proper similarity between his heart surgery device and J&J’s alleged copy.

  • December 1, 2005

    HP Alleges Former Employees Stole Company Secrets

    Computer maker Hewlett-Packard has accused several former employees of pulling a “multi-million dollar swindle,” alleging that the employees stole HP technology and set up their own electronics company. The scheme cost HP more than $100 million, according to the company.

  • November 29, 2005

    Manager Of Minority Fund Absconds With $400,000

    An investment fund manager who allegedly stole $400,000 million from a fund set up to benefit minority owned businesses has been sued by federal prosecutors, four years after the fund collapsed.

  • November 22, 2005

    Ericsson Slapped With $43M In Damages In Chip Dispute

    Chip maker Atmel Corp. has been awarded $43.1 million in damages in a patent arbitration with Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson related to its AVR microcontroller technology.

  • November 7, 2005

    Qualcomm Sues Nokia Amid Antitrust Allegations

    Qualcomm Inc. is firing back at Finnish cell phone maker Nokia Corp., filing a federal patent infringement lawsuit over its GSM technology only two weeks after Nokia accused Qualcomm of anti-trust violations in Europe.

  • November 5, 2005

    IP Litigation Awards, Settlements Reach Record Highs

    Topped by medical device maker Medtronic’s dizzying $1.35 billion payout to a Los Angeles surgeon, this is turning out to be a blockbuster year for settlements and awards in intellectual property litigation, according to our survey of litigation payouts and the firms that win them.

  • November 1, 2005

    Nortel CEO To Pay $11.5M In Trade Secrets Settlement

    A former Motorola president and chief operating officer will pay the company $11.5 million and agree not to disclose trade secrets in his new post as chief executive of Canada's Nortel Networks Corp., under the terms of a settlement of a lawsuit brought by Motorola.

  • October 27, 2005

    VP-Turned-Rival Infringed Patents, Stole Secrets: Suit

    A software developer stole trade secrets and infringed patented semiconductor-testing technology after launching a competing company, according to a federal lawsuit. The complaint will test the strength of intellectual property stipulations in employee contracts.

  • October 11, 2005

    Jilted Ranbaxy Sues Barr, Teva Over Allegra Generic

    Three of the world’s largest generic drug makers are set to duke it out in court over a deal gone sour for the unusually risky launch of a copycat version of Sanofi-Aventis's blockbuster allergy medicine Allegra.

  • October 10, 2005

    IBM Drops Countersuit In SCO Linux Case

    IBM has unexpectedly dropped its counterclaims against the SCO Group in an effort to expedite the long-running dispute between the two companies over intellectual property rights to the operating system Linux.

  • September 30, 2005

    Orrick Fires Back At Laid-Off IP Attorney Who Sued Firm For $100 Million

    Battling a $100 million lawsuit from a laid-off IP attorney who says he was robbed of a promised partnership, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe told the court the ambitious young associate mistook support from his superior as a “rubber stamp” to a promotion.

  • September 28, 2005

    LabCorp Appeal Should Be Denied, Solicitor General Recommends

    In a new development in the extended patent fight between Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings and Competitive Technologies, Inc., the U.S. Solicitor General has recommended to the U.S. Supreme Court that LabCorp’s appeal be denied.

  • September 26, 2005

    Symbol Once Again Takes On Rival In Dispute Over Barcode Patents

    Only weeks after winning a $12 million arbitration award, Symbol Technologies is once again suing its barcode technology rival for patent infringement.

  • September 19, 2005

    Greenberg Traurig Hires Godwin Gruber IP Chair

    Greenberg Traurig LLP’s intellectual property practice has expanded with the addition of six new attorneys to its Dallas office, including the head of Godwin Gruber’s intellectual property group.