International Trade

  • February 21, 2006

    Seiko Epson Sues Again Over Ink Cartridge Patents

    Japan’s Seiko Epson Co. has stepped up its crusade to enforce lucrative patents for its printer ink cartridges, suing 24 companies before the U.S. International Trade Commission and in Oregon federal court.

  • February 16, 2006

    Smallpox Drug Makers Fight Patent War On Two Fronts

    With millions of U.S. anti-terror funding in the balance, smallpox vaccine maker Bavarian-Nordic has sued rival drug maker Acambis Inc. for patent infringement in Austria with an eye to shutting down its manufacturing plant there.

  • February 10, 2006

    ITC To Investigate Toyota In Hybrid Patent Battle

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to open an investigation into a tiny electric engine maker’s claims that auto giant Toyota infringed its patented hybrid car technology.

  • February 13, 2006

    IP Boutique Sughrue Mion Sets Its Sights On Asia

    Emboldened by a recent string of victories in patent litigation for Japanese companies, intellectual property boutique Sughrue Mion is set to take on a wider Asian market, eyeing China and South Korea as its next frontiers.

  • February 8, 2006

    Broadcom Blocked From Going After Rival Over Bluetooth

    A federal court in California has enjoined Broadcom Corp. from pursuing a pair of patent infringement claims related to Bluetooth technology that the company has tried to assert against rival wireless communications developer Qualcomm Inc.

  • February 7, 2006

    Fish & Richardson Ranked #1 In Patent Litigation Survey

    Routing the competition, Fish & Richardson was by far the most in-demand patent litigation firm last year, according to our survey of the 100 most frequently hired litigation practices in the United States.

  • February 6, 2006

    McDermott Hooks Arnold & Porter's IP Head

    In the latest addition to the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, McDermott Will & Emery has hired IP veteran Joel Freed of Arnold & Porter LLP to lend a further boost to the firm’s growing intellectual property group.

  • January 30, 2006

    Cease-Fire Called In Patent Row Over Antivirus Software

    Marking the end of hostilities, Japanese Internet security company Trend Micro Inc. has settled a long-standing patent infringement dispute with California-based Fortinet Inc. over the antivirus technology used in computer network servers.

  • January 26, 2006

    MediaTek Settles Patent Battle for $85M

    Calling a ceasefire to their patent infringement dispute, Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek Inc. has reached an $85 million settlement with U.S. competitor Zoran Corp. in the battle over optical disk controller chips.

  • January 26, 2006

    Curbed At Home, India's Generic Makers Go Overseas

    Less than one year after India, one of the world’s leading supplier of generic drugs, passed a controversial measure intended to bring the country's patent regime into line with international standards, its top generics makers are under pressure to compete in a cutthroat worldwide market.

  • January 13, 2006

    ITC Judge Makes Waves With Injunction Ruling

    For the first time in its 75-year history, a judge at the International Trade Commission (ITC) has rejected a $40 million claim that an injunction was violated after a product redesign, according to the law firm representing a German auto parts manufacturer.

  • January 11, 2006

    China Considers Western-Style Bankruptcy Laws

    Lawmakers in the People's Republic of China are considering dramatic changes to the country’s bankruptcy laws, addressing pressure to conform to international financial standards after joining the World Trade Organization in December 2001.

  • January 11, 2006

    Toyota Slapped With ITC Complaint By Engine Maker

    A tiny electric engine maker filed a complaint Wednesday with the U.S. International Trade Commission against auto giant Toyota for infringing on its patented hybrid car technology. The action comes just four months after another suit was filed against Toyota by Solomon in a Florida District Court, which has been stalled due to troubles financing the litigation.

  • January 4, 2006

    F&R Raids Jones Day To Open Atlanta Office

    Intellectual property firm Fish & Richardson PC is breaking into the South, opening a new office in Atlanta and raiding rival Jones Day for top local litigators.

  • January 4, 2006

    European Union Buckles To U.S. On Regional Brands

    The European Union has caved in under pressure from the U.S. and Australia to simplify its registration procedure for foreign agricultural products after a protracted food fight over geographic indications.

  • January 4, 2006

    Luxury Goods Makers Cheer China Crackdown On Fakes

    Chinese authorities have begun cracking down on rampant counterfeiting of luxury goods in a move many experts say shows the country is starting to see benefits in upholding trademark rights.

  • January 3, 2006

    ITC Takes On DVD Patent Probe

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has stepped into a patent spat between software company InterVideo Inc. and computer maker Dell Inc., agreeing to investigate InterVideo’s allegations that Dell’s products infringe its patents for DVD playback functions.

  • December 21, 2005

    ITC To Probe Medical Device Patent Infringement Claims

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into a Canadian company’s possible infringement of patents held by medical device maker Varian Medical Systems.

  • December 16, 2005

    Jones Day Takes On Plaintiffs Firms To Score Dismissals

    As plaintiffs firms squabble for the right to lead plaintiff status in class action suits, attorneys with Jones Day quietly plan the courtroom strategy that has led the firm and its clients to several shareholder litigation victories.

  • December 14, 2005

    Chip Makers Wrangle Over Digital Processor Patents

    Semiconductor maker BIAX Corp. has filed a patent infringement suit against rival Philips Semiconductor, alleging that the company infringed four of its patents for digital processing systems.