International Trade

  • December 11, 2006

    ITC Upholds Qualcomm Loss In Patent Case

    Broadcom Corp. scored one victory in the ongoing war between it and rival cell phone chip manufacturer Qualcomm Inc., after the U.S. International Trade Commission decided on Friday to uphold an earlier determination that Qualcomm had infringed on one of Broadcom’s patents.

  • December 7, 2006

    U.S. Dumping Laws Draw Fire In Korean Trade Talks

    Free-trade talks between the United States and South Korea came to a standstill on Wednesday when discussions over U.S. anti-dumping laws allegedly unfairly applied to South Korean products were suspended, according to Korean negotiators.

  • December 4, 2006

    Microsoft, Belkin Settle Plug-And-Play Patent Suit

    Microsoft Corp. and Belkin Corp. have settled a patent infringement suit over so-called U2, or “plug-and-play,” technology, bringing the four-month dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission to an end.

  • December 4, 2006

    Lockheed, Boeing Rocket Merger Takes Flight

    Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. have finished the merger of their rocket launch businesses, following the U.S. Federal Trade Commission finding in October that national security concerns were more important than the anti-competitive effects of the deal.

  • December 5, 2006

    Thailand Breaks Merck's Patent For AIDS Drug

    Going over the heads of big pharmaceutical companies, Thailand has issued the first compulsory license for a generic version of Merck & Co Inc.’s HIV-AIDS drug Efavirenz in an effort to lower costs.

  • November 29, 2006

    U.S. Patent System Roadblock To Competition: Report

    The United States’ “overprotective patent system” has contributed to decreased competition among technology companies and has helped to stifle creativity and innovation, according to a new report.

  • November 29, 2006

    Seiko Epson Settles With Six Firms Over Cartridges

    Japan’s Seiko Epson Corp. has resolved patent infringement suits with six of 24 defendants in an international dispute over its U.S. ink cartridges.

  • November 29, 2006

    Broadcom Targets Kyocera For Timely Deposition

    Broadcom Corp. is looking to compel Kyocera Wireless Corp. to testify in regards to a patent infringement suit it filed against rival cell phone maker Qualcomm Inc.

  • November 27, 2006

    USPTO Urged To Revisit MP3 Patents

    Locked in a battle over MP3 player technology, Chinese chip designer Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd. has asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reexamine certain patents that are at the center of its infringement dispute with SigmaTel Inc.

  • November 27, 2006

    ITC To Review Smallpox Vaccine Ruling

    Under pressure from Bavarian Nordic, the U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to review an earlier ruling that favored biopharmaceutical rival Acambis in a patent infringement spat over a smallpox vaccine.

  • November 27, 2006

    DLA Piper Lures New Partner To Expand IP Practice

    Joseph Gioconda has joined DLA Piper US LLC in its New York office, adding his ten years of intellectual property law and trademark infringement experience to the firm’s comprehensive IP practice area.

  • November 17, 2006

    Pfizer Hardens Stance Over Chinese Viagra

    Pfizer Inc., fresh off a win that validated its Viagra patent in China, has reportedly used its newfound capital to sue a Chinese pharmaceutical company for infringing its patent on the erectile dysfunction drug.

  • November 17, 2006

    Seoul Eases Restrictions For Korean Conglomerates

    Bucking the advice of U.S. trade negotiators, Korea’s antitrust regulator has loosened rules governing investment by major conglomerates, saying the move will prompt the chaebol to voluntarily clear up their complex ownership structures.

  • November 16, 2006

    U.S. Renews Efforts Against Airbus In Subsidy Dispute

    In a drawn-out battle of wills, the United States filed an amended complaint Wednesday with the World Trade Organization against European subsidies for Airbus, warning the European Union that directing government funds toward Airbus’ construction of its A350 would violate international regulations.

  • November 14, 2006

    Data Exclusivity Rules Rile Canadian Generics Makers

    A month after Canada changed its patent rules to extend the period of data protection for brand-name drugs, the country’s generic drug industry has launched a legal attack on the amendment, arguing that the move will unfairly boost the balance sheets of pharmaceutical giants and deplete the health care system of millions of dollars.

  • November 10, 2006

    Hypertension Patients Join Feud Over Pfizer’s Norvasc

    In a move that highlights the growing debate over the balance between the rights of poor nations and those of drug patent holders, a group of patients said on Friday it plans to intervene in Pfizer Inc.’s ongoing legal battle to protect its blockbuster hypertension treatment Norvasc in the Philippines.

  • November 8, 2006

    Hynix Wins Toshiba Memory Chip Suit Before ITC

    Toshiba asserted that it would challenge the decision after the Japanese corporation’s claims that rival chip maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. had infringed on its patents for flash memory chips were rejected by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • July 17, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Dechert LLP

    Dechert LLP has expanded at a sprinter’s pace in recent years. So quickly, in fact, that the firm’s growth will likely taper off in the near future, according to IP practice chair Martin J. Black.

  • November 1, 2006

    Ampex Loses Out in Camera Patent Dispute

    Digital photography company Ampex Corp. was dealt a blow Tuesday in its patent infringement suit after a U.S. judge sided with Eastman Kodak Co.

  • October 30, 2006

    Judge Halts Broadcom Use Of Qualcomm Trade Secrets

    Another twist in the Qualcomm-Broadcom patent infringement fight emerged Friday when a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the use of Qualcomm Inc.’s trade secrets that Broadcom Corp. had improperly acquired and was using for profit.