Commercial Contracts

  • July 29, 2004

    Monsanto, Syngenta Locked In Biotech Patent Battle

    U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto Co. and Swiss rival Syngenta AG are locked in a broadening battle over patents for biotech corn seeds, with each company filing lawsuits against the other in the past two days.

  • July 27, 2004

    Long-Term Biotech Client Sues Townsend For Malpractice

    A long-term biotech client has sued Townsend and Townsend and Crew, accusing the intellectual property firm of legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract over a decade of service.

  • June 22, 2004

    Wiley Sues Database Publisher For Trademark Infringement

    Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a database publisher, accusing the rival of copying its own mass spectral database.

  • June 9, 2004

    Federal Circuit Rules For Competitive Technologies In Patent Suit Vs. LabCorp

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings willfully contributed to and induced infringement of Competitive Technologies’s patent for a technology used in diagnoses of heart conditions.

  • June 2, 2004

    Roche Asks Court To Declare Enzo Patent Invalid

    Roche Diagnostics has asked a U.S. District Court to declare Enzo Biochem’s patent for DNA labeling as invalid, after licensing talks between the two companies broke down.

  • April 22, 2004

    Shoe Company Sues Designer Over Trademark

    A shoe company has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against a designer it says infringed on its trademarks and engaged in unfair trade practices.

  • March 31, 2004

    Ameritrade, Federated Seek USPTO Reexamination Of Credit-Account Patent

    Online broker Ameritrade and retailer Federated Department Stores have asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reexamine a business-method patent for establishing credit accounts after the companies were sued for patent infringement.

  • March 19, 2004

    Judge Refuses To Dismiss Jones Suit Vs. Polo Over Licensing Deal

    A New York judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by Jones Apparel Group Inc. against Polo Ralph Lauren in a legal dispute over Polo’s attempt reacquire the license to the Lauren clothing brand.

  • March 18, 2004

    Court Denies Texas Instruments Motion In Qualcomm Patent Suit

    A Delaware judge has denied a motion by Texas Instruments to dismiss a Qualcomm suit over a patent licensing agreement between the two rivals, which are seeking to gain dominance in the fiercely competitive cell-phone chip market.

  • February 25, 2004

    Indiana University Sues Merck Over Patents For Papilloma Vaccine

    Indiana University has filed a lawsuit against German drug maker Merck & Co., seeking to add a university scientist as an author to patents for vaccines against the human papilloma virus with a projected market value of $2 billion.

  • February 12, 2004

    Townsend Acquires Bay Area's Legal Strategies Group

    San Francisco intellectual property boutique Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP has acquired the Legal Strategies Group, a Bay Area law firm focused on commercial and IP litigation and dispute resolution, the firm said Wednesday.

  • February 5, 2004

    Net2Phone Wins Appeal In Multi-Tech's Patent Suit

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss Multi-Tech’s patent infringement lawsuit against internet telephony provider Net2Phone.

  • January 21, 2004

    Lumenis, Syneron Settle Medical Patent Lawsuits

    Israeli pharmaceutical companies Lumenis Ltd. and Syneron Medical Ltd. settled their U.S. and Israeli litigation over patents for the use of incoherent light in aesthetic and medical applications, the two companies said Wednesday.

  • January 13, 2004

    NBC Sues E! Over "Saturday Night Live" Copyright

    U.S. broadcaster NBC filed a lawsuit on Monday against cable network E! Entertainment Television over E!’s right to broadcast a five-part collection of clips from comedy variety series “Saturday Night Live.”

  • January 13, 2004

    Linux Backers Fund Legal Defense

    Industry group Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has set up a legal fund that will help companies running Linux software defray the cost of defending themselves against intellectual property related lawsuits.

  • December 16, 2003

    Pfizer Argues for Summary Judgment Vs. Pennie & Edmonds

    Judge questions Pennie's actions, but hints strongly that he will send the case to a jury trial.

  • December 12, 2003

    Lawsuit Looms as Pennie Plans to Wind Down

    Even as Pennie & Edmonds is shutting down, Pfizer and the University of Rochester are taking the firm to court over alleged ethical breaches next week.

  • October 7, 2003

    MaxKnowledge Sues Datamark over Trade Secrets

    California's MaxKnowledge claims Utah's Datamark breached a contract and stole trade secrets after acquisition talks broke off.