Intellectual Property

  • November 11, 2004

    Digital Camera Makers Face Patent Challenges

    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.

  • November 10, 2004

    Kelley Dry Launches Patent Group Led By Former Jenkens & Gilchrist Partners

    International law firm Kelley Drye & Warren has staffed up in Chicago and is launching a new patent group to bolster its intellectual property practice.

  • November 10, 2004

    Princess Diana Fund, Franklin Mint Settle Trademark Dispute

    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.

  • November 10, 2004

    Two Former Partners Sue Fish & Neave For $2.4M

    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.

  • November 9, 2004

    European Court Of Justice Limits Scope Of Database Protection

    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.

  • November 9, 2004

    Trading Technologies Obtains Patents In U.K., Europe

    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.

  • November 9, 2004

    Nortel Settles Copyright, Trade Secrets Suit Vs. Internet Exchange

    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.

  • November 9, 2004

    Judge Dismisses Biotech Suit Vs. Columbia University

    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.

  • November 9, 2004

    Fish & Neave, Ropes & Gray To Merge

    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.

  • November 8, 2004

    NEC Sues Harris Over Wireless Communications Gear

    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.

  • November 8, 2004

    Trial Opens In Case That Could Threaten Princess Diana's Charity Fund

    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.

  • November 8, 2004

    Federal Circuit Warns Of Tougher Stance On Rule Violations

    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.

  • November 8, 2004

    Toshiba Sues Hynix In U.S., Japan For Infringing Flash-Memory Patents

    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

  • November 8, 2004

    Microsoft Pays $536 Million To Settle Antitrust, Patent Litigation

    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.

  • November 7, 2004

    Symbol Technologies Sues Mobile Knowledge Over Alleged Counterfeits

    Computing peripheral maker Symbol Technologies, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Mobile Knowledge Group for trademark, trade dress, copyright and design patent violations.

  • November 5, 2004

    Florida Inventor Sues GE Over Surgical Device

    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.

  • November 5, 2004

    Congress Could End USPTO Fund Diversion In Lame-Duck Session

    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.

  • November 5, 2004

    Copyright Suit Seeks Demolition Of Trump Resort

    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.

  • November 4, 2004

    E.U. Mulls Compulsory Licensing System For Drugs

    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.

  • November 3, 2004

    U.S. Movie Industry Plans Legal Onslaught Against Online File Sharers

    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.