Intellectual Property

  • January 17, 2006

    Tax Prep Giant Attacks Rival Over TurboTax

    With tax season fast approaching, H&R Block Inc., the world’s largest tax services company, has filed suit against its competitor Intuit Inc., alleging false and misleading advertising, unfair competition and trademark infringement. The charges center on Intuit’s $25 million national advertising campaign for its TurboTax tax preparation software.

  • January 17, 2006

    Quinn Emanuel Snags Top IP Trial Attorney

    Business litigation law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP believes it has struck gold by luring a trial-happy attorney from the practice he founded with promises of courtroom battles over intellectual property.

  • January 13, 2006

    Kaye Scholer Lures Away Howrey Partners

    Seeking to expand its intellectual property practice, Kaye Scholer has plucked two former partners from another firm’s ranks to lead a newly formed IP litigation team at its Washington D.C. office.

  • 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 13, 2006

    Genetics Companies End Patent Dispute Over HPV Test

    Two feuding genetic testing product companies have ended a patent dispute over testing methods used to detect risk for the human papilloma virus, a common sexually transmitted infection that causes cervical cancer.

  • January 13, 2006

    Japan Hikes Refunds For Withdrawn Patent Applications

    In an attempt to speed up its drastically overtaxed screening process, the Japan Patent Office is considering increasing the examination fee refund amounts for withdrawn patent applications.

  • January 13, 2006

    Pilot Program Exposes Bad Rejections At PTO

    A pilot program for appeals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is on track to save applicants at least $30 million per year, while exposing the fact that many patent applications were indeed rejected erroneously.

  • January 17, 2006

    Microsoft, Yahoo Sued Over Software Activation Feature

    A small software development company has decided to assert its patents in court by challenging several corporate giants, including Microsoft and Yahoo, which allegedly co-opted its method of controlling access to various computer systems.

  • January 13, 2006

    U.S. Patents Riddled With Mistakes, Survey Finds

    An astounding 98% of approved U.S. patent applications contain mistakes ranging from simple spelling errors to omitted claims. Many of those mistakes could result in losses of millions of dollars for inventors and licensees, a patent support firm has found.

  • January 12, 2006

    Brown Raysman Taps Silicon Valley For IP Growth

    Riding a winning streak of patent litigation in the technology and pharmaceutical industries, Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP has just opened a new office in the heart of Silicon Valley.

  • January 12, 2006

    Brand Success A Double-Edged Sword For Starbucks

    Coffee giant Starbucks, accustomed to prevailing in trademark infringement suits worldwide, has recently been dealt a rare blow by a federal judge, who ruled that a New Hampshire coffee company can continue to sell its Charbucks brand coffee beans.

  • January 12, 2006

    Drug Makers Nervously Eye High Court On Generics

    In the shadow of the Supreme Court, the debate over authorized generics is heating up as brand-name drug companies and generic makers prepare to do battle over what they both consider to be their rightful share of the trillion-dollar healthcare industry.

  • January 12, 2006

    DaimlerChrysler Trounces Picasso Estate In TM Row

    Heirs to Spanish painter Pablo Picasso were dealt another blow by the European Union’s highest court in their long-running attempt to prevent German car maker DaimlerChrysler AG from using the trademark “Picaro” for one of its vehicles.

  • January 12, 2006

    Despite Legal Onslaught, Piracy Still Haunts Music Labels

    Thousands of lawsuits and a Supreme Court victory later, there are increasing signs that the music industry has failed to grapple with the problem of piracy.

  • January 11, 2006

    In Flip-Flop, USPTO Upholds Microsoft FAT Patents

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has upheld two Microsoft patents covering technology for saving computer files using longer names, marking a victory for the software company’s much challenged file saving system.

  • January 11, 2006

    Airline Creditors Must Pledge To Keep Trade Secrets

    Companies that serve on creditors’ committees for struggling airlines have been ordered to pledge not to expose confidential information they obtain during bankruptcy proceedings after a judge worried that companies may improperly use the information.

  • 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 11, 2006

    Federal Circuit Denies En Banc In Union Carbide Case

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied Shell Oil’s bid for a re-hearing en banc in a $150 million patent infringement lawsuit brought against it by Dow Chemical Inc.’s Union Carbide, leaving the Supreme Court as Shell’s last resort for an appeal.

  • January 11, 2006

    IBM Teams Up With USPTO To Improve Patent Quality

    With more than 120 IP attorneys and the largest patent portfolio in the world, IBM is a force to be reckoned with. Now Big Blue is setting its sights on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, determined that the best way to address poor patent quality is to put the full force of its innovation to work for the agency.

  • January 10, 2006

    Oblon Spivak Again Beats Sughrue As Top Patent Filer

    The trophy title for top patent filer has once again gone to intellectual property boutique Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt PC, which has dominated the list for years while stoking its rivalry with runner-up Sugrue Mion PLLC.