Intellectual Property

  • January 8, 2007

    Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony Sued Over Joystick Patent

    A Texas-based investment company has decided to stick it to Microsoft Corp., Nintendo Co. Ltd. and Sony Corp., filing a lawsuit against the three video console producers over a patent for a low-voltage joystick port.

  • January 9, 2007

    Caltech Launches Suit Over Microsurgical Tools

    The California Institute of Technology has slapped Intuitive Surgical Inc. with a lawsuit, accusing the medical equipment manufacturer of infringing a slew of patents related to a robot-assisted microsurgery system.

  • January 8, 2007

    Gibson Guitar Corp. Sued For Trademark Infringement

    Kaman Music Corp. has slapped Gibson Guitar Corp. with a lawsuit, claiming the Nashville, Tenn.-based musical instrument maker struck a foul note by illegally copying Kaman’s trademarks to tap into Kaman’s customer base and trade on the good will associated with Kaman’s products.

  • January 8, 2007

    Motorola Could Face $100M Hit In SPS Case: Attorneys

    Motorola Inc. was ordered Monday to pay $17 million in costs and attorneys’ fees in a drawn-out trade secrets case in Florida state court. But bigger sanctions still loom, after the judge found that Motorola’s lawyers broke court rules, according to plaintiffs’ attorneys.

  • January 8, 2007

    Motorola's Violations Could See $100M Hit: Attorneys

    Motorola Inc. was ordered Monday to pay $17 million in costs and attorneys’ fees in a drawn-out trade secrets case in Florida state court, but bigger sanctions are looming after the judge found Motorola’s lawyers broke court rules, according to plaintiffs attorneys.

  • January 8, 2007

    Patent Outsourcing Thrives Amid Lingering Concerns

    As U.S. companies and law firms fork over increasing amounts of patent work to offshore vendors in India, legal experts on both sides of the world are debating how well the financial benefits stack up against the intellectual property concerns surrounding the practice.

  • January 8, 2007

    Patent Examiner's Race Discrimination Case Fizzles

    A district judge has dismissed a race and sex discrimination case brought against the federal agency that issues patents and trademarks, ruling that a former patent examiner failed to show that actions taken by her boss were based on a protected status.

  • January 8, 2007

    Bid To Disqualify Hunton & Williams Fails

    A judge ruled Friday that a patent dispute between Enzo Biochem Inc. and Applera Corp. will continue with Hunton & Williams LLP representing Enzo, despite General Electric Co.’s attempt to disqualify the firm that is representing its subsidiary in similar litigation against Enzo.

  • January 10, 2007

    Steptoe Nets New Trademark Head

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s intellectual property group has hauled in an expert attorney to head up its California trademark licensing and prosecution practice at its Century City office.

  • January 5, 2007

    Appeals Court Affirms Abbott's Biaxin Injunction

    An appeals court has upheld a lower court’s decision to grant a preliminary injunction barring Andrx Corp. from bringing to market a generic version of Abbott Laboratories’ antibiotic Biaxin XL.

  • January 5, 2007

    Converse Suit Dropped Amid Licensing Talks

    A subsidiary of Nike Inc. has reached a settlement with a group of university fraternities and sororities that accused the sporting-goods giant of infringing their trademarks to sell its so-called “Greenpak” line of shoes.

  • January 5, 2007

    Abbott Facing Stent Injunction After French Ruling

    Drug maker Abbott Laboratories Inc. has been dealt a blow in a patent dispute after a French court ruled a Canadian rival could stop the company from selling a medical device it recently bought from Guidant Corp.

  • January 5, 2007

    Government Tries To Plug Coca-Cola Leaks

    Prosecutors are demanding that jurors not be allowed to share the confidential information that they become privy to during the trial of a former Coca-Cola Co. secretary accused of conspiring to steal the beverage giant’s trade secrets.

  • January 5, 2007

    Federal Circuit Denies Ariad's Request

    In yet another setback for Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc., a federal appeals court has rejected the drug maker’s request to hear an early appeal of a pretrial ruling in the patent infringement suit filed by rival Amgen Inc.

  • January 4, 2007

    Court Orders Magma To Transfer Patents To Rival

    Two rival semiconductor design software companies are both claiming victory after a judge ordered Magma Design Automation Inc. to transfer title to two of the three patents at issue to rival Synopsys Inc.

  • January 4, 2007

    Novartis Hits Par With Second Lotrel Suit

    Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis International AG has filed another patent suit against Par Pharmaceuticals, seeking to protect the market for billion-dollar hypertension treatment Lotrel.

  • January 4, 2007

    StorageTek Settles Copyright, Antitrust Case

    Data storage company Storage Technology Corp. agreed to a pay out an undisclosed sum Tuesday to settle antitrust charges brought by the same rival it filed a copyright and patent infringement suit against four years ago.

  • January 4, 2007

    Coca-Cola Objects To Subpoena

    Almost the victim of trade secret theft, Coca-Cola Co. is currently fighting a motion that would force the softdrink giant to produce sensitive documents for use in an alleged co-conspirator’s upcoming trial.

  • January 4, 2007

    Abbott Defeated In HCV Patent Spat

    In a blow to Abbott Laboratories, a federal judge has upheld a jury’s decision to award Belgian biotechnology company Innogenetics NV $7 million in damages in the duo’s long-standing battle over a hepatitis C virus genotyping patent.

  • January 5, 2007

    Law Firm Profile: Woodcock Washburn LLP

    For the last 60 years, Woodcock Washburn LLP has worked hard to establish itself as one of the foremost intellectual property boutiques, and the firm has no plans to budge from its hard-earned spot at the top.