International Trade

  • March 5, 2009

    Flexsys Moves To Lift Stay On Anti-Degradant IP Suit

    Despite being shut down by the U.S. International Trade Commission, Solutia Inc. subsidiary Flexsys Americas LP is looking to reopen a patent case filed against rivals Korea Kumho Petrochemical Co. Ltd. and Sinorgchem Co. Ltd. over anti-degradant chemicals for rubber products.

  • March 4, 2009

    LSI, Agere Drop Patent Claims Against Vanguard

    Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. has been dismissed from LSI Corp. and Agere Systems Inc.’s infringement suit against a group of semiconductor companies over a computer chip method patent after reaching a settlement with the plaintiffs.

  • March 3, 2009

    Wong Cabello Sets Up Shop In Palo Alto

    Intellectual property boutique Wong Cabello Lutsch Rutherford & Brucculeri LLP has opened a Palo Alto office to serve its California clients, including technology companies Polycom and Apple Inc., enlisting as partners Apple's former Director of Patent Strategy Tom Mavrakakis and Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Kenneth Bridges.

  • February 27, 2009

    ITC Rules For LG In Whirlpool Fridge Patent Case

    A judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that the final patent-at-issue in a dispute between Whirlpool Corp. and LG Electronics USA Inc. over refrigerators does not cover LG's products.

  • February 26, 2009

    Microsoft Targets TomTom In District Court, ITC

    Microsoft Corp. has sued TomTom NV and filed a complaint against the navigation-technology company with the U.S. International Trade Commission, in the first legal action by the software giant over alleged infringement related to the open source Linux operating system.

  • February 23, 2009

    Vizio Petitions FCC In Dispute Over Funai DTV Patent

    Vizio Inc. has asked the Federal Communications Commission to stop Japanese rival Funai Electronics Co. Ltd. from continuing to impose what Vizio claims are unfair licensing terms for a patent related to digital television receivers.

  • February 19, 2009

    Samsung Joins Saxon Targets Over Wireless Patents

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has become the latest target of infringement allegations by Saxon Innovations LLC, which has already accused a host of telecommunications companies, including Palm Inc., Nokia Corp. and Panasonic Corp., of infringing three patents related to hand-held wireless communication devices.

  • February 18, 2009

    Intel, Nvidia Spar Over Chipset Patent Licenses

    In an effort to bar Nvidia Corp. from producing chipsets that are compatible with its latest generation of microprocessors, Intel Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Nvidia seeking a declaratory judgment that licensing agreements between the companies do not extend to certain Nvidia products.

  • February 18, 2009

    Samsung Hits Kodak With ITC Suit Over Patents

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Tuesday filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Eastman Kodak Co., accusing the U.S.-based camera maker of importing products that infringe two of the Korean electronics giant's patents.

  • February 17, 2009

    Funai Abusing Digital TV Patent: Vizio Suit

    High-definition television company Vizio Inc. has sued Japanese rival Funai Electronics Co. Ltd. for allegedly abusing a patent in order to monopolize the digital TV market, escalating an ongoing intellectual property battle between the two companies.

  • February 17, 2009

    Noise-Reducing Headset Infringes Bose Patent: Suit

    Bose Corp. has hit Lightspeed Aviation Inc. with a suit alleging that the aviation headset company's noise-reducing headphones for pilots infringe a Bose patent for headphone technology that reduces ambient noise.

  • February 12, 2009

    SMIC Not Defrauded In TSMC Deal Dispute: Judge

    A state judge has shot down claims by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. that it had been duped by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. into entering a 2005 settlement agreement resolving patent and trade secrets litigation.

  • February 11, 2009

    MPS Drops Fish For Latham In IP Spat With O2Micro

    In the latest twist in a patent battle between Monolithic Power Systems Inc. and O2Micro International Ltd., MPS has won approval to drop Fish & Richardson PC, the law firm that filed the declaratory action, in favor of Latham & Watkins LLP, which has represented the company in a previous bid to invalidate O2Micro's patents.

  • February 9, 2009

    USPTO Deals Setback To Funai TV Patent Suit

    One of two patents at the center of an infringement battle brought by Funai Corp. Inc. against Vizio Inc. and several other defendants was again rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in late January, Vizio said Friday.

  • February 10, 2009

    King & Spalding Nabs 3 Baker Botts IP Partners

    King & Spalding LLP has boosted its intellectual property practice with a three-partner team from Baker Botts LLP, including the former co-chair of the firm's international patent practice group.

  • February 6, 2009

    Quinn Emanuel Picks Up 3 IP Partners

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP has added three partners to its intellectual property practice — two from Latham & Watkins LLP and one from Jenner & Block LLP.

  • February 4, 2009

    Orrick Draws ITC Section 337 Guru From Jones Day

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has lured Steven E. Adkins, the former co-chairman of Jones Day's International Trade Commission Section 337 practice, to its Washington, D.C., office as a partner.

  • February 3, 2009

    Seoul, Nichia Settle Global LED Patent War

    After years of battling over light-emitting diode patents and other legal issues across the globe, Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. and Nichia Corp. are looking to bring their worldwide war to an end.

  • January 27, 2009

    WTO Rules Against China In Copyright Law Dispute

    China's copyright and trademark protections do not comply with international agreements, a World Trade Organization panel found on Tuesday, handing a victory to the U.S. in a dispute that began in April 2007.

  • January 27, 2009

    USDA Puts Meat Labeling Rule Under Microscope

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to scrutinize a late Bush administration regulation requiring that meat sold in large grocery stores be labeled with its country of origin, as well as the feedback sent in response to the controversial rule.