International Trade

  • June 1, 2004

    Funai Sues Daewoo Over VCR Patents

    Japanese electronics maker Funai has sued Korean rival Daewoo Electronics in a U.S. district court over several patents for technology used in video cassette recorders.

  • May 25, 2004

    Zoran Adds Defendants in Chip Patent Suit

    Chip maker Zoran Corp. and its subsidiary Oak Technology have added a number of defendants in their patent infringement suit against Taiwanese rivals MediaTek and Mintek in the U.S. District Court for the District of Central California.

  • May 21, 2004

    ITC Rules For Genesis In Case Vs. Taiwanese Chip Makers

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued an initial determination that Taiwanese chip makers Media Reality Technologies, Inc. and Trumpion Microelectronics, Inc. both infringe a patent by U.S. rival Genesis Microchip.

  • May 16, 2004

    Canada Passes Law Authorizing Generic Drug Exports

    The Canadian Senate has passed a bill that will allow generic drug manufacturers in Canada to produce copies of patented treatments for HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and export them to resource-limited countries.

  • May 14, 2004

    OECD Ministers Greenlight Major IP Research Project

    The Ministerial Council of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has approved a proposal by Japan to establish a large research group to study impact of intellectual property on sustainable growth.

  • May 14, 2004

    Canada To Pass Generics Bill Friday

    Canada is expected to pass pioneering legislation Friday making it legal for cheap copies of patented medicines to be shipped to poor countries suffering from AIDS and other health crises.

  • May 11, 2004

    ArvinMeritor Wins Patent Interference Vs. Eaton

    The U.S. Patent Board of Appeals and Patent Interferences has issued judgment in favor of auto parts supplier ArvinMeritor against Eaton Corporation on all claims in two related transmission patent interferences, ArvinMeritor said.

  • May 11, 2004

    Gateway, In Counter-Strike, Sues Hewlett-Packard Over Patents

    Gateway has fired a legal salvo in the mounting patent battle between two of the world’s top computer maker, suing rival Hewlett-Packard Co. for infringement of five of its patents.

  • May 10, 2004

    Hewlett-Packard Takes Patent Dispute With Gateway To ITC

    Expanding its patent litigation against one of its chief rivals, U.S. computer maker Hewlett-Packard has petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission to block Gateway from importing computers.

  • May 10, 2004

    Japan To Propose IP Body At OECD

    Japan will propose the establishment of a specialized intellectual property body at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to local media reports.

  • May 6, 2004

    Canada Set To OK Patent Law Amendments This Week

    Canada’s legislature is expected to amend the country’s patent laws this week to let the government issue licenses to companies to produce generic versions of drugs for use in developing countries.

  • May 5, 2004

    USTR Unveils IPR "Watch List"

    The U.S. Trade Representative has unveiled its closely watched annual list of countries considered the worst offenders of intellectual property rights.

  • April 22, 2004

    South Korea Protests Japan's Import Ban On Samsung Plasma Displays

    South Korea has formally protested Japan’s ban on imports of Samsung SDI's plasma display panel screens, as patent litigation between Samsung and Fujitsu threatens to escalate to a trade dispute between the two countries.

  • April 21, 2004

    Canada Strips Patent Holder Rights In Amended Drug Export Bill

    Canada has amended proposed legislation to allow domestic drug-makers to export generic copies of patented HIV/AIDS drugs to the developing world, stripping patent holders of the “right of first refusal'” over contracts negotiated between developing countries and Canadian generics manufacturers.

  • April 23, 2004

    Russia Amends Copyright Law

    In a surprise decision, Russia has adopted amendments to the copyright law that extend copyright protection to 70 years after the author’s death from the current 50 years.

  • April 15, 2004

    ITC To Ban Taiwanese LCD Display Controllers In Patent Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to ban imports of display controllers manufactured by Mstar Semiconductor after determining that the Taiwanese chip maker infringes a patent held by rival Genesis Microchip.

  • April 14, 2004

    Viagra Patent Remains In Limbo In China

    More than two years after China granted patent exclusivity for Pfizer’s Viagra anti-impotence drug, an onslaught of patent challenges has left the drug’s status in limbo, officials at China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) have conceded.

  • April 14, 2004

    Ranbaxy Demands Website Stop Selling Lipitor Generic In U.S.

    Ranbaxy has weighed in on Pfizer’s lawsuit against a website that sells a generic version of blockbuster cholesterol fighter Lipitor, demanding that the vendor stops selling generic drugs that have not been approved for sale in the United States.

  • April 14, 2004

    Indian Drug Companies Urge Government To Pass Data Exclusivity Law

    Indian pharmaceutical companies have urged the government to pass legislation on data protection exclusivity.

  • April 12, 2004

    ITC OKs Probe In Patent Complaint Vs. CD/DVD Chip Makers

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted to begin an investigation into whether some imports of chips used in DVD players and computer optical storage devices infringe on patents held by two California firms.