International Trade

  • June 15, 2009

    Patent Claims Tossed In O2 Micro Suit Over Converters

    The federal court overseeing the long-running patent dispute between O2 Micro International Ltd. and four companies has approved the dismissal of claims for one of three patents related to converter circuits used in the backlighting of television and laptop computer screens.

  • June 11, 2009

    Vizio Wins Temporary Stay In Digital TV Patent Spat

    A federal appeals court has temporarily stayed an exclusion order against Vizio Inc. set to take effect Wednesday in a dispute with Japan's Funai Electric Co. Ltd. over a patent for digital television receivers, according to Vizio.

  • June 10, 2009

    Payless Battles Insurer Over Crocs Defense Costs

    Collective Brands Inc., the parent of the Payless ShoeSource footwear chain, has fired back at Discover Property & Casualty Insurance Co. and St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co in a duty to defend suit filed over defense costs the footwear company has racked up in ongoing trade dress litigation with shoe giant Crocs Inc.

  • June 9, 2009

    Spansion, Samsung Revive Flash Patent Fight

    A flash-technology patent spat between bankrupt Spansion Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is back on, a week after a judge tossed a proposed $70 million settlement between the two companies.

  • June 8, 2009

    Rambus Asks To Drop Patents From Nvidia ITC Case

    Rambus Inc. has sought to drop four patents from its U.S. International Trade Commission case against computer chip maker Nvidia Corp. over patents for memory controllers related to graphics processors, according to the companies.

  • June 8, 2009

    Vizio Sues LG In High-Def TV Patent Dispute

    Vizio Inc. has filed a patent infringement suit accusing LG Electronics Inc. of infringing patents related to the manufacture, importation and distribution of products including high-definition TVs, in the latest development in litigation between the parties.

  • June 8, 2009

    Vizio Antitrust Suit Joined With Funai Patent Suits

    Stopping short of full consolidation, a federal judge has decided to coordinate Vizio Inc.'s antitrust suit accusing Funai Electric Co. Ltd. of monopolizing the market for digital television technology with patent infringement suits between the companies.

  • June 3, 2009

    $70M Spansion, Samsung Patent Deal Rebuffed

    The judge overseeing Spansion Inc.'s Chapter 11 proceedings has rejected the flash memory solutions provider's bid for authorization to enter into a patent litigation settlement and licensing deal that called for Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to pay Spansion $70 million.

  • June 4, 2009

    ITC To Review Sinochem Coolant Infringement Ruling

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has said it plans to review a judge’s finding that Sinochem Modern Environmental Protection Chemicals (Xi'an) Co. Ltd.'s refrigerants infringed INEOS Fluor Holdings Ltd.’s patent covering a manufacturing process for coolant.

  • June 3, 2009

    Tessera, Motorola Settle Semiconductor Patent Fight

    In the wake of a decision in Tessera Technologies Inc.'s favor last month by the U.S. International Trade Commission, Motorola Inc. has signed a licensing deal with Tessera that puts to rest all outstanding litigation between the two technology companies.

  • June 2, 2009

    USPTO Initially Rejects Rambus Patent Claims

    Claims for several patents in Rambus Inc.'s U.S. International Trade Commission case have been initially rejected in re-examination proceedings by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Nvidia Corp. said Tuesday.

  • June 1, 2009

    Seiko Epson Hit With Antitrust Claims In Patent Case

    Seiko Epson Corp. has been hit with antitrust counterclaims in its patent infringement litigation against China's Ninestar Technology Co. Ltd. and other printer supply manufacturers over ink cartridges.

  • May 29, 2009

    Foley Draws Lowrie, IP Team To Boston Office

    Foley & Lardner LLP has snapped up one of Boston's pre-eminent patent litigation teams, including Matthew B. Lowrie, a founding partner of Cambridge, Mass.-based intellectual property boutique Lowrie Lando & Anastasi LLP.

  • June 5, 2009

    Q&A With Hogan & Hartson's Steven Hollman

    Increased mobility and technological skill in the work force, along with the economic incentives luring employees in competitive industries, will ensure the continued vitality of trade secret litigation and noncompete and nondisclosure enforcement, says Steven Hollman, a litigation practice group director at Hogan & Hartson LLP and co-chair of the firm's recruitment committee.

  • June 18, 2009

    Q&A With Goodwin Procter's Thomas Scott Jr.

    In spite of the slowing economy, or perhaps because of it, both the amount of patent infringement litigation and the importance of that litigation continue to grow, says Thomas J. Scott Jr., chair of Goodwin Procter LLP's intellectual property practice group.

  • May 28, 2009

    Q&A With Seyfarth's Brian Michaelis

    Hatch-Waxman litigation is the big thing in IP litigation right now, and far from over, but keep an eye out for a rise in 337 actions before the International Trade Commission, says Brian L. Michaelis, chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's intellectual property practice group.

  • May 27, 2009

    Fed. Circ. Reverses Noninfringement Ruling For SMC

    A federal appeals court has overturned a holding by an administrative law judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission that SMC Corp.’s devices used in compressed-air systems and imported into the U.S. do not infringe Norgren Inc.’s patent.

  • June 4, 2009

    Q&A With Gibson Dunn's Mark Reiter

    We have all heard the initiatives and incentives created for the development of "green" technology, and we are just beginning to see the results of that development, including, for example, hybrid cars and renewable energy sources. This area is ripe for intellectual property litigation, says Mark Reiter, co-chair of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's IP practice group.

  • May 22, 2009

    Funai Accused Of Infringing Vizio Patents For HDTVs

    A few weeks after it was found to infringe a Funai Electric Co. Ltd. patent for digital television receivers, Vizio Inc. has filed a fresh patent infringement suit asserting seven of its own patents against Funai.

  • May 22, 2009

    Epistar Wins Plea To Challenge LED Patent Validity

    A federal appeals court panel ruled Friday that Taiwanese company Epistar Corp., which was found to have infringed a patent owned by a Royal Philips Electronics NV unit, could go back and challenge the validity of that patent.