International Trade

  • July 19, 2004

    Pfizer, Trade Group Protest China's Overturn Of Viagra Patent

    The American Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with Pfizer in protesting China’s annulment of the drug maker's patent for Viagra, questioning China’s commitment to protecting intellectual property.

  • July 13, 2004

    Ampex Sues Sony Over Digital Camera Patents

    Ampex has filed complaints against Japanese electronics maker Sony in a U.S. district court and with the U.S. International Trade Commission, seeking to block the importation of digital cameras and hand-held devices that Ampex claims infringe its U.S. patents.

  • July 7, 2004

    China Overturns Pfizer's Viagra Patent

    In a stinging blow to Pfizer, the patent re-examination board of China's State Intellectual Property Office has overturned the company's patent for erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.

  • July 9, 2004

    Gateway Files ITC Complaint Vs. HP Over Patents

    Gateway has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, seeking to ban rival Hewlett-Packard from importing certain computers, monitors and the components used to make them.

  • July 12, 2004

    Federal Circuit Dismisses University's Appeal Vs. Fujitsu

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has dismissed an appeal by the University of Illinois that sought a shield of sovereign immunity from counterclaims filed by Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu in a lawsuit over patents for plasma displays.

  • June 21, 2004

    Congressman Accuses GOP's DeLay Of Meddling In Bacardi Trademark Suit

    A Texas Congressman has filed an official complaint with the House Committee on Standards and Ethics against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, with charges that include a bribe from Bacardi USA in exchange for pushing a bill that would help in the liquor maker’s trademark dispute.

  • June 14, 2004

    Microtune, Broadcom Settle Chip Patent Suit

    Chip makers Microtune and Broadcom Corp. have settled their far-reaching litigation over patents for analog signal processing technology.

  • June 8, 2004

    ITC Agrees To Ban Battery Imports In Energizer Patent Suit

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed with Energizer Holdings’ request to ban imports of a type of mercury-free, alkaline batteries in a patent dispute with more than 24 overseas rivals.

  • June 2, 2004

    Inamed Sues Medicis Over Anti-Wrinkle Patent

    Cosmetic care provider Inamed has sued rival Medicis for patent infringement and filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission over a wrinkle treatment.

  • June 2, 2004

    ITC Ruling Favors Microtune In Patent Dispute With Broadcom

    A judge has rejected chip maker Broadcom's appeal in its U.S. International Trade Commission patent suit against rival Microtune.

  • June 1, 2004

    Funai Sues Daewoo Over VCR Patents

    Japanese electronics maker Funai has sued Korean rival Daewoo Electronics in a U.S. district court over several patents for technology used in video cassette recorders.

  • May 25, 2004

    Zoran Adds Defendants in Chip Patent Suit

    Chip maker Zoran Corp. and its subsidiary Oak Technology have added a number of defendants in their patent infringement suit against Taiwanese rivals MediaTek and Mintek in the U.S. District Court for the District of Central California.

  • May 21, 2004

    ITC Rules For Genesis In Case Vs. Taiwanese Chip Makers

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued an initial determination that Taiwanese chip makers Media Reality Technologies, Inc. and Trumpion Microelectronics, Inc. both infringe a patent by U.S. rival Genesis Microchip.

  • May 16, 2004

    Canada Passes Law Authorizing Generic Drug Exports

    The Canadian Senate has passed a bill that will allow generic drug manufacturers in Canada to produce copies of patented treatments for HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and export them to resource-limited countries.

  • May 14, 2004

    OECD Ministers Greenlight Major IP Research Project

    The Ministerial Council of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has approved a proposal by Japan to establish a large research group to study impact of intellectual property on sustainable growth.

  • May 14, 2004

    Canada To Pass Generics Bill Friday

    Canada is expected to pass pioneering legislation Friday making it legal for cheap copies of patented medicines to be shipped to poor countries suffering from AIDS and other health crises.

  • May 11, 2004

    Gateway, In Counter-Strike, Sues Hewlett-Packard Over Patents

    Gateway has fired a legal salvo in the mounting patent battle between two of the world’s top computer maker, suing rival Hewlett-Packard Co. for infringement of five of its patents.

  • May 11, 2004

    ArvinMeritor Wins Patent Interference Vs. Eaton

    The U.S. Patent Board of Appeals and Patent Interferences has issued judgment in favor of auto parts supplier ArvinMeritor against Eaton Corporation on all claims in two related transmission patent interferences, ArvinMeritor said.

  • May 10, 2004

    Japan To Propose IP Body At OECD

    Japan will propose the establishment of a specialized intellectual property body at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to local media reports.

  • May 10, 2004

    Hewlett-Packard Takes Patent Dispute With Gateway To ITC

    Expanding its patent litigation against one of its chief rivals, U.S. computer maker Hewlett-Packard has petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission to block Gateway from importing computers.