International Trade

  • February 20, 2008

    ITC Judge Rules For SMC In Patent Infringement Claim

    A Japanese maker of pneumatic devices has prevailed against patent infringement allegations in a case argued before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • February 15, 2008

    SRAM Complaints Partially Tossed

    A federal judge has partially granted bids by makers of static random access memory chips to dismiss complaints brought by direct and indirect purchasers but has given the plaintiffs leave to replead some of their claims.

  • February 13, 2008

    U.S. Appeals WTO Ruling On Cotton Subsidies

    The United States has appealed a ruling by the World Trade Organization that subsidies to U.S. cotton growers breached international trade rules and kept farmers in developing countries in extreme poverty.

  • February 13, 2008

    WTO Rules Against China On Car Parts Tariffs

    The World Trade Organization on Wednesday halted China's import tariffs on car parts after upholding a complaint brought by the United States, the European Union and Canada that argued the tariffs made it hard for Western car parts makers to compete in the country.

  • February 13, 2008

    FormFactor's Patent Suit Stayed During ITC Probe

    A federal judge has stayed a patent dispute between FormFactor Inc. and Micronics Japan Co. over wafer probe cards pending the outcome of a U.S. International Trade Commission antitrust investigation involving the cards.

  • February 14, 2008

    Judge Says No To Injunction Against Tessera

    A federal judge refused on Tuesday to block Tessera Inc. from pursuing outside the California court system certain claims against customers of several semiconductor chip makers, finding that there was no reason to issue any type of restraining order.

  • February 11, 2008

    New Thai Government Reconsidering Patent Policy

    Thailand's new government is reportedly set to reconsider its aggressive stance on compulsory licenses for patented pharmaceuticals as it faces the threat of trade sanctions from the United States.

  • February 11, 2008

    ITC Clears Belkin Of Infringing ATEN's KVM Switch

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has cleared Belkin International Inc. and another company of charges that they infringed ATEN International Co. Ltd.’s patent for technology that allows multiple computers to be controlled from a single switch.

  • February 11, 2008

    Dell Loses Online-Buying Patent Case Against Lucent

    A federal judge has entered a final judgment against Dell USA LP after a jury found that Alcatel-Lucent did not infringe two of the computer manufacturers' method patents for managing customer and product information online.

  • February 7, 2008

    Federal Circuit Affirms Kodak's Patent Win

    A federal appeals court panel has sided with Eastman Kodak Co. in its patent infringement dispute with Ampex Corp., affirming a lower court ruling that dismissed the case.

  • February 8, 2008

    Two Partners Beef Up Kilpatrick Stockton IP Team

    Kilpatrick Stockton LLP has added some muscle to its intellectual property team with the addition of two new IP partners.

  • February 8, 2008

    Judge Nixes Nichia's Bid For Injunction On LEDs

    Months after a California federal jury found Seoul Semiconductor Ltd. liable for willfully infringing four of Nichia Corp.’s light-emitting diode design patents, a judge has determined that a permanent injunction against it is unnecessary.

  • February 4, 2008

    Novartis' Deal With Thais Averts License Battle

    Sidestepping a potential high-profile battle over compulsory licensing, Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG has agreed to provide its cancer drug Glivec free of charge to most patients in Thailand.

  • February 1, 2008

    Trek Memory Stick Patent Revoked In U.K. High Court

    Trek 2000, maker of portable digital storage devices such as flash memory sticks, has suffered a defeat before the U.K.'s High Court of Justice, losing its bid to hold on to a patent in a case brought by M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers Ltd.

  • January 31, 2008

    Nokia Mobile Technology Draws $17.8B Suit: Report

    A Munich, Germany-based company partially financed by hedge fund manager Fortress Investment Group LLC has targeted Nokia Corp. in a $17.8 billion infringement suit over mobile communication patents, according to a news report.

  • January 29, 2008

    Judge Finds Alcatel-Lucent Infringed Microsoft Patent

    An administrative law judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that French firm Alcatel-Lucent infringed one of Microsoft Corp.’s patents covering devices that integrate telephones and computers.

  • January 30, 2008

    Bid To Stop ITC Proceedings Tossed In Tessera Suit

    A federal judge on Monday shot down STMicroelectronics NV's move to stop chip maker Tessera Inc. from participating in International Trade Commission proceedings against it, finding that the products under investigation by the commission were not covered by a license defense.

  • January 29, 2008

    Injunction Against Qualcomm Stands

    A federal judge has denied Qualcomm Inc.'s motion to stay his permanent injunction against importing and selling certain chips and devices that infringe three Broadcom Corp. patents, a Broadcom representative said Tuesday.

  • January 24, 2008

    Whirlpool Attacks LG Over Refrigerator Patents

    Whirlpool Corp. has targeted rival LG Electronics Inc. in an infringement action that alleges LG’s refrigerators imported into the United States violate five Whirlpool patents.

  • January 24, 2008

    LG, Others Sued Over Flash Memory Drive Patent

    California-based computer gadgets maker Ennova Direct Inc. filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against several technology companies, including LG Electronics USA Inc., accusing them of infringing a patent regarding flash memory drives with retractable USB connectors.