International Trade

  • January 4, 2005

    White & Case Hires 15-Year ITC Veteran Judge

    Administrative Law Judge Delbert R. "Chip" Terrill, Jr. has retired from the U.S. International Trade Commission to join White & Case as of Counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

  • December 21, 2004

    E.U. Loses Battle Over Geographic Indications At WTO

    In a stinging blow to the E.U., the World Trade Organization has ruled for the U.S. and Australia in a bitterly fought dispute over trademarks and geographic indications for products such as champagne, parma ham, rioja wine and Budweiser beer.

  • January 3, 2005

    Two More Experienced Litigators Leave Fish & Neave

    New York intellectual property specialist Fish & Neave has not been able to stem a wave of departures that started last year, despite the firm’s recent merger with Boston general-practice firm Ropes & Gray.

  • December 7, 2004

    India Vows To Revamp Patent Law By End Of Month

    India’s government has pledged to introduce legislation by the end of this month to completely revamp the country’s intellectual property regime and introduce product patents on drugs for the first time.

  • December 2, 2004

    U.S. Warns Of Legal Action Against Australian Drug Laws

    The ink has barely dried on Australia’s free trade agreement with the U.S., yet U.S. trade officials are already warning that its trading partner may face a legal challenge over laws designed to help generic competition to brand-name drugs.

  • December 1, 2004

    Akin Gump Hires IP Team From Ailing Clifford Chance

    Two seasoned intellectual property litigators have quit Clifford Chance for Akin Gump with a team of associates, leaving the IP department of the world's largest law firm limping after a series of defections.

  • November 29, 2004

    Sony To Pay Ampex $40M To Settle Patent Dispute

    Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp. has agreed to pay at least $40 million to Ampex Corp. to settle a lawsuit over patents related to digital cameras.

  • November 29, 2004

    Glaxo Urges Sweeping International Patent Reforms In Letter To Blair

    GlaxoSmithKline has sent a letter to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in which the U.K. drug maker urges Blair to use his presidency of the G8 group of industrialized nations to push through sweeping international patent reforms.

  • November 30, 2004

    Indian Drug Makers Seek Ban On Patent Evergreening Under New Regime

    Indian drug makers have urged the government to stamp out patent evergreening by banning the patenting of “trivial changes” to “essentially similar” molecules, as the industry braces for the introduction of product patents in January.

  • November 26, 2004

    PCTEL, 3Com Settle Modem Patent Dispute

    High-tech rivals PCTEL and 3COM, which have been trading complaints in federal court in Northern California in a dispute over patented modem technology, have settled their lawsuits with a cross-licensing agreement, the two companies said.

  • November 29, 2004

    Canada's Generics Export Program Falters Amid Litigation Fears

    Canadian generic drug makers are opting out of the country’s trailblazing efforts to supply developing countries with patented drugs, blaming excessive safeguards for patent holders under the new law, according to a published report.

  • November 19, 2004

    Sutherland Hires IP Litigators From Pillsbury Winthrop

    General-practice firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan has snatched a group of intellectual property litigators from the Northern Virginia office of Pillsbury Winthrop.

  • November 18, 2004

    ITC Clears Carsem In Chip Packaging Dispute With Amkor

    In a preliminary decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission has cleared semiconductor packaging company Carsem of infringing patents held by rival Amkor Technology, Inc.

  • November 15, 2004

    Australia Agrees To Tougher Copyright Laws To Gain Passage Of Free Trade Agreement

    Australia’s federal government has agreed to toughen the country’s copyright laws as part of its efforts to gain passage of the U.S.-Australian Free-Trade Agreement.

  • November 15, 2004

    Wolfson Infringed Cirrus Patent On Audio Chips, ITC Rules

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that Scottish chip maker Wolfson Microelectrics PLC infringed a patent held by U.S. rival Cirrus Logic Inc., but found another Cirrus patent unenforceable, the company said.

  • November 15, 2004

    China Could Become Hotbed For "Generic Viagra" Exports, Lobbyist Claims

    China could become a base for generic Viagra exports if the country doesn’t reinstate Pfizer Inc.’s patent rights to the erectile dysfunction drug, a U.S. lobbyist has told Chinese officials.

  • November 12, 2004

    India Mulls Pre-Negotiation Of Prices For Patented Drugs

    India’s government is considering various options to prevent price gouging in the pharmaceutical industry when the country introduces product patents next year.

  • November 11, 2004

    India's Leftist Parties Urge Government To Delay Patent Reform

    India’s leftist parties, which oppose the government’s planned overhaul of the country’s patent law, have asked the government to hold off on passage of the legislation while awaiting an examination by a parliamentary panel.

  • November 11, 2004

    Fish & Richardson Hires Wolf Block Partner To Chair Delaware Patent Practice

    Intellectual property specialist Fish & Richardson has hired seasoned patent attorney Richard P. Gilly from Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen’s Philadelphia office to head up the firm’s outpost in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • November 11, 2004

    Digital Camera Makers Face Patent Challenges

    In a sign of the increasing litigation over lucrative patent rights for digital cameras, four of the world’s top camera makers are trying to fend off a lawsuit by a tiny Michigan company that already has won large jury awards against major photography companies such as Canon Inc. and Sony Corp.