Commercial Contracts

  • May 8, 2006

    Court Orders Bankrupt Company To Face Patent Suit

    A federal appeals court in Cincinnati ruled Friday that an advanced technology company will not be able to dodge a $20 million patent infringement action filed against it because of a stay in bankruptcy during the mid-1990s.

  • May 5, 2006

    Tech Cos. Take Aim At Verizon Over DSL Patents

    In a long-running patent dispute over DSL service technology, technology companies Broadband Technology Innovations LLC and Pie Squared LLC have filed a patent infringement suit against telecom Verizon Internet Services Inc.

  • May 1, 2006

    Cheap Trick: Sony Skimps On Download Royalties

    In a move that challenges how the music industry assesses royalties for musicians who signed contracts before the dawn of digital downloads, members of Cheap Trick and The Allman Brothers Band filed a lawsuit Friday claiming they were shortchanged by Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc. to the tune of at least $25 million.

  • April 27, 2006

    Alleged Price-Fixing Cabal Sued By Korean Competitor

    Three companies conspired to keep a Korean competitor out of the U.S. rubber and plastics market, a complaint filed Thursday in a federal court in Los Angeles alleged.

  • April 26, 2006

    Tiny Biotech Wins Permanent Injunction Against Eli Lilly

    A small biotech company has won a permanent injunction against Eli Lilly & Co. in a two-year battle waged over a patent application for technology used to convert injectable-only drugs into ones that can be taken orally, marking another triumph in its long-running fight against the pharmaceutical giant.

  • April 25, 2006

    Sonnenschein Pulls In Patent Team From Weil Gotshal

    Alexander J. Hadjis’ decision to head up Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP as the national chair of its patent litigation practice has had a domino effect at his office at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, with 11 other professionals choosing to pick up and move with him.

  • April 17, 2006

    Hedge Fund Sues Top Brokers For Naked Short Selling

    A hedge fund is suing a slew of top brokerage firms, saying they used secret insider agreements to cheat their customers.

  • April 17, 2006

    Medtronic Hits Kyphon With Patent Suit

    Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. is charging Kyphon Inc., a maker of spinal fracture treatments, with infringing on four of its patents covering balloon dilation catheters and spinal disc spacing treatment.

  • April 4, 2006

    IBM And Sky Technologies Settle Patent Dispute

    Sky Technologies LLC and International Business Machines Corp. have ended their legal battle and reached an agreement in a patent lawsuit involving online business technology that “facilitates multivariate negotiations among two or more parties.”

  • April 3, 2006

    Deutsche Bank Chairman Resigns Over Lawsuit

    Following a drawn-out legal dispute with German television mogul Leo Kirch, Deutsche Bank’s Rolf Breuer has stepped down as chairman after a court ruled that he and the bank may be held liable for remarks he made in a 2002 interview, which Kirch claimed triggered the financial collapse of his empire.

  • March 10, 2006

    Investment Firm And Drink Maker Brawl Over Soured Deal

    In a bizarre investment battle, an offshore investment group and a beverage company are taking swipes at each other amid allegations of share dumping and “financial terrorism.”

  • March 3, 2006

    Federal Circuit Sends Stent Case To Germany

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that a case over stent patents should have been filed in Germany, upholding a lower court ruling that deflated the suit brought by a doctor against device makers Pfizer and Boston Scientific.

  • March 1, 2006

    MedImmune Case: Implications For Licensing Agreements

    In agreeing to hear the case between MedImmune and Genentech, the U.S. Supreme Court will set a precedent for whether licensees in good standing are permitted to challenge licensed patents.

  • March 1, 2006

    Metrologic Ordered To Pay $13M Arbitration Award

    A federal judge has ordered barcode equipment maker Metrologic Instruments Inc. to pay a $13.4 million arbitration award to its rival after it allegedly failed to pay royalties on a patent license agreement.

  • February 22, 2006

    Medinol Claims Old Partner Infringes Stent Patents

    In an attempt to keep a former partner from sinking its teeth into the $5 billion global coronary stent market, Israel’s Medinol Ltd. filed a new legal claim Monday against Boston Scientific Corp. that alleges its stents violate three of Medinol’s patents.

  • February 8, 2006

    Inventions Pit Universities Against Professors

    A dispute between the University of Alabama and one of its former professors over biotech patents worth millions of dollars highlights the importance of clear rules about who owns academic inventions, experts say.

  • February 2, 2006

    Medtronic Sues Biomet Over Spinal Fusion Patents

    Just a few months after medical device maker Medtronic was forced to license spinal fusion patents from a Los Angeles surgeon for a head-spinning $1.35 billion, the company is asserting three of those patents against rival Biomet Inc. and one of its subsidiaries.

  • January 23, 2006

    Besieged Medtronic Settles Heart Patent Dispute

    Mired in patent lawsuits, medical device maker Medtronic Inc. has decided to pay $37.5 million to settle litigation with its latest accuser, a California biotechnology company that specializes in heart valves.

  • January 20, 2006

    Latest Ruling A Win For News Corp.

    In a singular victory for News Corp., a Delaware district judge has granted the multinational news giant leave to appeal a key lower court ruling that enabled its shareholders to press on with a class action lawsuit stemming from the company’s anti-takeover measure.

  • 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.