International Trade

  • August 29, 2008

    Fed. Circ. Hands Patent Win To AnalogicTech

    In a victory for semiconductor-maker Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc., an appeals court has upheld a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission finding that a Linear Technology Corp. patent related to portable electronics power management is invalid.

  • August 27, 2008

    SiRF, ITC Appeal Judge's GPS Infringement Ruling

    SiRF Technology Holdings Inc. and the U.S. International Trade Commission have filed independent appeals of an administrative law judge's initial ruling that some of SiRF's GPS chips infringed six patents owned by a unit of Broadcom Corp.

  • September 30, 2008

    IP Practice: Baker Botts

    Litigation is dominating the workload of Baker Botts LLP's intellectual property practice, as attorneys contend with about 100 pending patent suits. The uptick stems in part from a steadily building realization among clients that intangible assets are integral to their business, the firm's IP lawyers say.

  • August 26, 2008

    Judge Tells ITC To Block SiRF GPS Chip Imports

    A judge has recommended that the U.S. International Trade Commission prevent SiRF Technology Holdings Inc.'s disputed chips or any products containing them from being imported into the country two weeks after finding the technology company had infringed six GPS satellite patents owned by a unit of Broadcom Corp.

  • August 25, 2008

    Judge OKs Sale Of Syntax-Brillian Assets To Olevia

    The bankruptcy judge overseeing Syntax-Brillian Corp.'s Chapter 11 proceedings has signed off on the sale of some of the troubled TV maker's assets to a company owned by TCV Group, a manufacturer of plastic molded parts for Syntax-Brillian's Olevia-brand televisions.

  • August 20, 2008

    Nintendo Hit With New Patent Suits Over Wii

    Hillcrest Laboratories Inc. has lodged complaints against Nintendo Co. Ltd. in U.S. federal court and with the U.S. International Trade Commission, claiming that its popular Wii video game system trampled four of its patents.

  • August 19, 2008

    Nichia Sues Seoul Semiconductor Again Over LEDs

    Seoul Semiconductor Ltd. and Nichia Corp., longtime rivals in the field of light-emitting diodes, are heading back to court in a new patent dispute.

  • August 19, 2008

    Honeywell Files ITC Complaint Over Navigation Units

    Honeywell International Inc. filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission Tuesday alleging that four Japanese companies are violating federal law by bringing automotive multimedia display and navigation systems that infringe six Honeywell patents into the United States.

  • August 18, 2008

    U.S. Turns Up Heat In Tech Trade Fight With EU

    The United States has asked the World Trade Organization to adjudicate an ongoing fight with Europe over tariffs on cable boxes, computer monitors and other high-tech goods.

  • August 15, 2008

    Nokia Urges 2nd Circ. To Rehear InterDigital Appeal

    A fortnight after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit nixed an order allowing Nokia Corp. to arbitrate its patent dispute with InterDigital Inc. over mobile handsets, Nokia has requested a rehearing with the court in the hopes of overturning the ruling.

  • August 13, 2008

    Bitter End For Plaintiffs In Aspartame Antitrust Suit

    A purported antitrust class action against manufacturers and distributors of the artificial sweetener aspartame reached its end Monday when a federal judge granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment because the plaintiffs did not file their suit within the statute of limitations.

  • August 12, 2008

    ITC Deals Blow To SiRF In GPS War

    After months of back and forth between the tech companies, the U.S. International Trade Commission has tentatively found SiRF Technology Holdings Inc. guilty of infringing six GPS satellite patents owned by a unit of Broadcom Corp.

  • August 11, 2008

    SanDisk Says ST Counterclaims Of Fraud Invalid

    Adding another chapter to its patent dispute over flash memory chips, SanDisk Corp. has asked a federal judge to toss counterclaims made by STMicroelectronics Inc. that allege that SanDisk fraudulently procured the patents it accuses ST of infringing.

  • August 6, 2008

    Tessera's Patent Case Stayed Pending ITC Outcome

    A long-running patent suit brought by Tessera Inc. against several semiconductor manufacturers will be stayed pending the outcome of two related cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission, a judge has ruled.

  • August 4, 2008

    Doha Debacle Sparks Talk Of Suit Against U.S.

    In the wake of the Doha talks at the World Trade Organization falling apart last week, Brazil has reportedly voiced its intention to sue the United States over what it believes are illegal subsidies and other trade barriers.

  • August 4, 2008

    Microsoft Takes Primax Patent Spat To Court

    In a two-pronged battle to stop a Taiwanese rival from allegedly infringing on several electronics patents, Microsoft Corp. has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to award past damages and enjoin Primax Electronics Ltd. from further infringement, days after it petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the company from importing the products in question.

  • August 4, 2008

    Fed. Circ. Allows Tessera ITC Patent Case To Proceed

    A federal appeals court panel has decided not to re-stay a case brought by Tessera Technologies Inc. against Motorola Inc., Qualcomm Inc., Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and others for allegedly infringing its chip-packaging patents.

  • August 15, 2008

    Pharma Suits Still Low Despite ITC Surge

    Though litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission is surging, the pharmaceutical sector still accounts for a relatively small portion of the cases on the ITC docket. But that could change as pharmaceutical industries in emerging markets like China gain momentum, some lawyers say.

  • July 31, 2008

    2nd Circ. Nixes Arbitration In Nokia-InterDigital Case

    A federal judge should not have ordered arbitration in a patent dispute between InterDigital Inc. and Nokia Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled, finding that Nokia waived its right to arbitration in the case.

  • July 31, 2008

    Microsoft, Primax Go Before ITC Over Plug-And-Play

    Microsoft Corp. has brought a complaint before the U.S. International Trade Commission against Taiwanese rival Primax Electronics Ltd. for allegedly infringing patents related to peripheral devices for computers.