International Trade

  • 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.

  • May 21, 2009

    Motorola, Others Infringed Tessera Chip Patents: ITC

    Overturning an administrative law judge's decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission has found that patents owned by Tessera Technologies Inc. related to miniaturizing semiconductor chip assemblies and enabling smaller, faster electronic devices were infringed by six rival technology companies.

  • May 22, 2009

    Q&A With WilmerHale's Donald Steinberg

    From a patent application perspective, patents directed toward the development or use of alternative energy (or reduced use of energy), a wide range of medical devices and products, or wireless technology are likely to result in increased litigation, says Donald R. Steinberg, chair of WilmerHale's intellectual property department.

  • May 21, 2009

    L-3, Safety Vision Settle Microphone Patent Spat

    A federal judge has approved a settlement between L-3 Communications Mobile-Vision Inc. and Safety Vision LP, ending their patent and trade dress infringement dispute over wireless microphones used in vehicle-mounted video surveillance systems.

  • May 21, 2009

    Fed. Circ. Nixes Part Of ITC Ruling In Voltage IP Suit

    A federal appeals court has vacated part of a ruling in the U.S. International Trade Commission that held certain products of Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. did not infringe the patent of rival Linear Technology Corp., in a dispute over electronic voltage regulators.

  • May 20, 2009

    US Appeals WTO Ruling For Japan In Zeroing Battle

    The U.S. government has appealed a World Trade Organization decision in a long-running dispute with Japan over the U.S.' controversial method of calculating anti-dumping duties known as zeroing.

  • May 21, 2009

    Connolly Bove Adds 3 More IP Litigators

    Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP has brought in a new intellectual property litigator for each of its three offices, and is poised to expand even further despite the economic downturn.

  • May 18, 2009

    Settlement Reached In USEC Uranium Trade Dispute

    Ending a seven-year legal wrangle over imports of low-enriched uranium from France, energy companies Areva and USEC Inc. said Monday they had reached a settlement putting to rest all ongoing administrative and legal proceedings.

  • May 13, 2009

    Spansion Noteholders Balk At $70M Samsung IP Deal

    A group of Spansion Inc. noteholders is asking the bankruptcy court to withhold approval of a $70 million settlement between the technology company and rival Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., arguing that the deal over flash memory technology patents is unfairly skewed toward Samsung and not in the best interests of creditors.

  • May 6, 2009

    Monolithic Says O2 Micro 'Buried' Patent Examiner

    Monolithic Power Systems Inc. has added another set of allegations in its long-running circuit patent spat with rival O2 Micro International Ltd., accusing the company of “burying” a patent examiner in over 10,000 pages of documents in order to camouflage an allegedly weak patent application.

  • May 7, 2009

    ITC Begins Patent Probe Into Light-Switch Maker

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate claims that California-based Universal Smart Electric Corp. imported dimmer switches that infringe the patents of light-switch maker Lutron Electronics Co.

  • April 30, 2009

    Roche Wins Safe Harbor For Mircera Tests — For Now

    An appeals court has ruled that Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche Holding Ltd. can continue to develop anemia drug Mircera using processes allegedly patented by Amgen Inc. pending a closer look by the U.S. International Trade Commission at whether Roche's activities violated statutory exemption rules.

  • April 30, 2009

    Bill Would Stop Substandard Drywall At US Border

    A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., would empower border agents to prohibit the import of substandard drywall, a product that has vexed homeowners and sparked dozens of lawsuits.

  • April 29, 2009

    ITC To Probe Sprint, Virgin Over Phone Patents

    Responding to a complaint from a Virginia-based patent-holding company, the U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into alleged infringement of patents for cell phone technology by several companies, including Sprint Nextel Corp. and Virgin Mobile USA Inc.

  • April 27, 2009

    Qualcomm To Pay Broadcom $891M To End Disputes

    After a series of adverse rulings, Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to shell out $891 million over a four-year period to competitor Broadcom Corp. to resolve a drawn-out patent and antitrust battle over smartphone chip patents.

  • April 24, 2009

    China Institutes 'Protectionist' Postal Service Limits

    In a move that businesses and industry representatives have criticized as protectionist and likely to hinder services for customers, China reportedly passed a law Friday limiting domestic letter and document delivery to the China Post, a state monopoly and industry regulator.

  • April 23, 2009

    Qualcomm, Broadcom May Settle All Disputes

    Chip makers Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Corp., which have been locked in a series of patent and antitrust battles for years, may be nearing a settlement that would resolve all disputes between them, Qualcomm has revealed.

  • April 22, 2009

    Blackboard Files ITC Suit Over E-Learning Software

    Educational software maker Blackboard Inc. has taken its patent battle with Canadian rival Desire2Learn Inc. over online course management systems to the U.S. International Trade Commission.