Intellectual Property

  • December 16, 2005

    Judge Stays bcgi Injunction In Freedom Wireless Case

    A federal appeals court has granted telecommunications company Boston Communications Group’s emergency motion to stay an injunction that would have shut down its prepaid wireless service and cost the company up to 70% of its revenue.

  • December 21, 2005

    Gibson Dunn Hires Weil Gotshal Litigator To Head Up IP

    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has hired seasoned litigator Josh Krevitt from Weil, Gotshal & Manges to join the firm’s New York office as co-chair of its national intellectual property practice group.

  • December 15, 2005

    Sony, Command Audio Settle 3 Year PVR Patent Battle

    Electronics makers Sony Electronics and Command Audio Corp. have reached a settlement in their three-year battle over the patents for DVR technology, with Sony agreeing to pay royalties for use of Command Audio’s personal video recorder patents.

  • December 15, 2005

    NTP's Chief Lauds Licensing Agreement With Visto

    NTP Inc. has penned yet another licensing agreement with a wireless communications company, adding to the list of companies volunteering cooperation to head off any chance of litigation similar to NTP’s battle with Blackberry maker Research In Motion Inc.

  • December 15, 2005

    J&J Cries Trademark Breach Over Reprocessed Devices

    Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Endo-Surgery has accused a rival of reprocessing its single-use surgical scalpels and reselling them to hospitals without removing the Ethicon service mark, thereby infringing the company’s trademark.

  • December 15, 2005

    Applera & Bio-Rad In Settlement Talks Over PCR

    Embattled Applera Corp. and MJ Research Inc. are in new settlement discussions, seeking to resolve their seven-year-old fight over valuable patents for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) instruments in the life sciences industry.

  • December 14, 2005

    Chip Makers Wrangle Over Digital Processor Patents

    Semiconductor maker BIAX Corp. has filed a patent infringement suit against rival Philips Semiconductor, alleging that the company infringed four of its patents for digital processing systems.

  • December 14, 2005

    Mylan Pharma Takes On Boehringer’s Mirapex Patent

    Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. is seeking to challenge German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim International Gmbh for market share of Parkinson’s disease drug Mirapex. That challenge prompted a federal lawsuit in which Mylan will try to invalidate the drug’s patents.

  • December 14, 2005

    IP Lobbyist Takes On China

    The Intellectual Property Owners Association is expanding its presence in Asia, especially in China, says Marc S. Adler, the lobbying group's newly elected president.

  • December 14, 2005

    Victory For Takeda Abbott In Prostate Drug Patent Suit

    A jury has upheld a patent for a prostate cancer treatment held by Takeda Abbott Pharmaceuticals, marking a victory for the company in its litigation against pharmaceutical companies QLT Inc. and Sanofi-Synthelabo.

  • December 13, 2005

    Arnold & Porter Hires IP Talent From Rival Firms

    Two counsel have joined Arnold & Porter’s intellectual property practice group in the Washington, D.C., office, expanding the firm’s capabilities in patent and trademark law, the firm said.

  • December 13, 2005

    WIPO Cleared In Auditor's Report

    A report by an independent auditor has cleared the World Intellectual Property Organization of allegations of irregularities, WIPO said Tuesday.

  • December 13, 2005

    Boston Scientific Asserts Stent Patents In Netherlands

    Medical device maker Boston Scientific has filed a patent infringement suit against Singapore-based Biosensors Group in a Dutch court, adding another lawsuit to the extensive litigation over highly profitable stent patents.

  • December 13, 2005

    Ex-Software Exec Pleads Guilty In Trade Secrets Case

    A former software company executive accused of conspiring with other executives to illegally access a rival firm’s computer network has pled guilty in federal court to misappropriation of trade secrets.

  • December 13, 2005

    Disney's Attempt To Break "Pooh" Contract Rejected

    Walt Disney Co., along with the heir to the “Winnie the Pooh” fortune, has been rebuffed by a federal appeals court in a copyright battle to oust the popular children's book’s current licensee.

  • December 13, 2005

    SanDisk Cheers As Supreme Court Declines Appeal

    Digital storage manufacturer SanDisk Corp. has cleared a key hurdle in its drawn-out patent litigation over flash memory cards, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of several smaller rivals SanDisk accused of infringement.

  • December 12, 2005

    Genetic Technologies, Applera Settle DNA Analysis Row

    Australia’s Genetic Australia’s Genetic Technologies and U.S. biotechnology company Applera Corporation have reached a settlement in their extended court battle over genetic detection patents. The settlement, the terms of which have not been made public, puts an end to two years of litigation between the two companies.

  • December 12, 2005

    E.U. Drops Probe Of Telecom “Patent Ambush”

    The European Commission has dropped its investigation into the European Telecommunications Standards Industry, after the group revised some of its intellectual property rules in hopes of preventing single companies from controlling the telecommunications market.

  • December 12, 2005

    Honeywell Sued Over Motion-Detecting Device

    A small Texas lens manufacturer has filed a lawsuit against technology giant Honeywell International Inc. and other competitors for allegedly infringing patents for motion sensor technology.

  • December 12, 2005

    Acacia Adds Patent Portfolio, Eyes Two Dozen More

    Patent holding firm Acacia Research Corp. is continuing to diversify its technology assets with the acquisition Monday of a new software patent portfolio. The move expands significantly the number of potential licensees and defendants that will likely face Acacia in settlement talks or go to court.