Financial companies are leading the rush to file patents for tools and products based on blockchain, the ledger technology underlying bitcoin, and a wave of litigation could be on the horizon. Here is what intellectual property attorneys need to know about the patent landscape for the increasingly popular tech.
In a groundbreaking move to curb patent disputes and litigation, patent champion International Business Machines has decided to publish its patent filings on the Web for public review.
Prompted by a 2003 dispute between lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret and an adult novelty store, Congress approved a new bill to clarify trademark protection laws for famous brands on Monday.
Major record labels are manipulating their own copyrights to form an illegal cartel and restrict competition in the market for online music distribution, according to a countersuit filed by file-sharing company LimeWire LLC.
In hopes of ridding itself of pending litigation, Warner Chilcott Ltd. said Tuesday that it has terminated parts of an agreement with Barr Laboratories Inc. and will allow its rival to market a generic version of a blockbuster birth control drug.
International aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres lashed out at Novartis AG on Tuesday, saying the Swiss drug maker’s challenge to a key section of India’s recently enacted patent laws could seriously impact future access to essential medicines in other nations.
A federal judge in Maryland has thrown out a patent suit against a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler, ruling that a patent for a roof-mounted aerodynamic drag reducer for tractor-trailers is invalid because it was used in public more than a year before the effective date of an adequate patent application.
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has handed Kemin Foods and Catholic University a partial victory in a patent infringement battle involving a key ingredient used in nutritional supplements.
King & Spalding has nabbed a seasoned attorney who co-founded a former IP boutique and five IP attorneys to boost its capabilities in patent and trademark litigation and patent prosecution.
As part of an aggressive effort to expand its footprints, intellectual property boutique Fish & Richardson LLP has added two nanotechnology experts to its Austin, Texas office and two electronic technology authorities in Atlanta, Ga.
Continuing to aggressively build up the firm’s intellectual property practice, Dorsey & Whitney LLP has snagged another IP veteran from Baker Botts to join its New York office.
Australia’s national science agency has filed a countersuit against five of the world’s top high-tech companies, which are looking to invalidate a wireless networking patent to avoid paying hefty royalties.
Dropping its challenge to a court order in Belgium, Google Inc. decided over the weekend to post a judge’s ruling which orders the Internet search giant to remove certain articles and photographs from its Belgian homepage and news service.
After losing the auction for London Fog Group Inc.’s famed trademark, the former stalking horse bidder for the recognizable name brand has been awarded a $400,000 breakup fee for its trouble.
A federal judge denied LaSalle Bank Corp.’s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit over a slogan on Thursday, clearing the way for capital services company Cobra Capital LLC’s suit to continue.
A proposed merger between Preston Gates and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart would create a national powerhouse in intellectual property litigation, with about 150 practicing lawyers in offices from coast to coast.
Micrel Inc. and Monolithic Power Systems Inc. are putting a patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation lawsuit behind them, settling the case and dismissing all claims and counterclaims with prejudice, the companies announced on Thursday.
In an attempt to remove counterfeit couture from the online auctioneer, high-end fashion labels Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior have sued eBay for not policing faux fashions.
After coming down with a case of cold feet earlier this week, Cytyc Corp. said on Friday that its $375 million bid for Vision Systems Ltd. was still on—even with an IP lawsuit against Vision on the horizon.
The Federal Circuit has ruled that Fifth Amendment property rights don’t apply to patents, denying a request that it rehear a case seeking damages for a patent the plaintiff claims is infringed by a U.S. military fighter jet.
Pioneer Corp., a Tokyo-based electronics maker, has asserted two of its plasma display patents against South Korean competitor Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. and its affiliates.