Provisional patent applications have taken on increased significance in recent years and can be a savvy business move and help inventors stake a claim to an invention, but if not done right, provisionals can leave applicants with no protections or, worse yet, undermine their patents down the road.
In a sign of the increasing litigation over lucrative patent rights for digital cameras, four of the world’s top camera makers are trying to fend off a lawsuit by a tiny Michigan company that already has won large jury awards against major photography companies such as Canon Inc. and Sony Corp.
International law firm Kelley Drye & Warren has staffed up in Chicago and is launching a new patent group to bolster its intellectual property practice.
Princess Diana’s charity fund and memorabilia maker Franklin Mint have settled a trademark and right-of-publicity dispute that threatened to shut down the charity.
Just two days after intellectual property firm Fish & Neave announced its merger with Boston’s Ropes & Gray, the firm has been served by a lawsuit by two former partners seeking $2.4 million in unreturned capital and unpaid compensation.
In a decision with broad implications for database publishing, the European Court of Justice has ruled that U.K. bookmakers acted within the law when they used schedules of horse races and soccer games without paying a licensing fee to the companies that compiled the databases.
Trading Technologies, the Chicago-based software vendor that has set off alarms in the futures trading industry with its patent claims in the U.S., has taken its crusade abroad with a new round of software patent approvals in the U.K. and Europe.
Canadian telecom company Nortel Networks Corp. has settled a copyright and trade secrets case it brought in July against Arbinet-thExchange Inc., an internet-based business-to-business trading exchange.
A federal judge in Boston has dismissed a lawsuit against Columbia University that alleged the Ivy League school was improperly trying to extend its rights to a patent that already has generated $600 million in royalty payments from biotech companies.
In a deal that will create one of the largest intellectual property practices in the world, New York IP specialist Fish & Neave will be absorbed by Boston general-practice firm Ropes & Gray, the two firms confirmed on Tuesday.
Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. has sued U.S. rival Harris Corp. in federal courts in the U.S. and Canada for allegedly infringing patents for wireless communications technology.
An adverse decision in a long-standing trademark and right-of-publicity dispute between Princess Diana’s charity fund and memorabilia maker Franklin Mint could spell the end of the troubled fund, according to published reports.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is preparing to get tougher on rule violations, hinting that even inadvertent violations of court rules may result in sanctions in the future.
Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. in a Texas federal court and the Tokyo District Court, claiming that the rival infringed on patents for flash memory chips
In the latest of a string of settlement deals for Microsoft Corp., the software maker has agreed to pay a $536 million to end antitrust and patent infringement litigation brought by Novell Inc. and a trade group in the European Union.
Computing peripheral maker Symbol Technologies, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Mobile Knowledge Group for trademark, trade dress, copyright and design patent violations.
An inventor of a medical laser for drilling teeth and cutting bone has filed a lawsuit against General Electric in a Florida federal court, claiming that GE failed to live up to its obligations under a research funding agreement.
The U.S. Congress may consider a bill that would end the diversion of funds from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office when the legislature convenes for a post-election "lame-duck" session on November 16, according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
An architect who claims Donald Trump’s company stole his unique design for a hotel complex has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the real-estate developer, seeking to demolish a resort currently under construction.
Taking a cue from Canada, the European Commission has proposed a Europe-wide system for compulsory licensing that would allow generic drug makers to make patented medicines for export to developing countries.
U.S. movie studios are expected to file a series of copyright infringement lawsuits on Thursday against computer users they say are illegally distributing films online, in a move that closely resembles the strategy employed by the recording industry.