Intellectual Property

  • August 31, 2006

    Law Firm Profile: Quinn Emanuel

    Imagine a law firm where hundreds of professionals function like bees in a hive—sharing clients, asking and answering each other’s questions, cooperating instead of competing—and you’ll have Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP.

  • August 31, 2006

    Sprint's VoIP Battle Earns Two Settlements

    Telecommunications giant Sprint Nextel Corp. reached a settlement Thursday with two defendants in its patent infringement lawsuit over Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, according to a company statement.

  • August 31, 2006

    Appeals Court Rules Invisalign Patents Invalid

    In a major reversal of a lower court’s decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled on Thursday that key patents of Align Technology’s for Invisalign clear orthodontic braces were obvious, and therefore invalid.

  • August 30, 2006

    Pfizer Gets Setback In Lipitor Patent Battle

    Lending a boost to Ranbaxy Laboratories’ global crusade, a Norwegian court has denied Pfizer Inc.’s claim that the Indian drug maker has infringed two patents related to blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor.

  • August 30, 2006

    Supreme Court's Obviousness Case Draws 16 Briefs

    A slew of amicus briefs have been filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in the battle between KSR International Co. and Teleflex Inc., as groups, companies and academics try to influence the future of patent “obviousness” standards and the Federal Circuit’s so-called “teaching-suggestion-motivation” test.

  • August 30, 2006

    Holland & Knight Accused of Fraudulent Billing

    An attorney who quit the law firm Holland & Knight recently over allegations that the law firm was practicing “bill padding” in a copyright lawsuit has returned the shady law firm practice to the spotlight in the legal world.

  • August 29, 2006

    Powell Goldstein Teams Up With Altera Law Group

    General practice-based Powell Goldstein LLP announced on Tuesday that it has established a strategic alliance with boutique firm Altera Law Group LLC, forming a unique combination for an IP practice.

  • August 29, 2006

    LG, GE Prevail In Whirlpool Patent Lawsuit

    A judge has dismissed a patent infringement case that Whirlpool Corp. brought against LG Electronics Inc. and General Electric Co., saying details of Whirlpool’s patents were found in other company’s machines and patent applications.

  • August 29, 2006

    Purdue Fends Off Generic OxyContin Competition

    Purdue Pharma LP has settled separately two patent infringement suits over generic versions of its painkiller OxyContin, stipulating that the generic makers must stop producing their generics if the settlements receive antitrust approval.

  • August 29, 2006

    Innogenetics Optimistic On HCV Patent Trial

    With the patent infringement trial underway, Belgian biotechnology company Innogenetics remains cautiously optimistic that it will defeat Abbott Laboratories in its battle over a hepatitis C virus genotyping patent.

  • August 29, 2006

    U.S. Companies Filing More Patents In China

    The number of patent applications filed by U.S. companies in China has once again shot up, with the first half of 2005 showing a 20% increase over the same period just one year ago, according to Chinese authorities.

  • August 30, 2006

    Court Rejects GM’s Bid In Trade-Secrets Case

    The Connecticut Superior Court has confirmed an earlier court’s decision that added a popular engine used in cars manufactured by General Motors to a trade-secret lawsuit against the auto maker.

  • August 28, 2006

    Court Clears Two Asian Giants In DRAM Feud

    After years of accusations and counterclaims, a New Jersey federal court has ruled that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. did not infringe on each other's dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip patents.

  • August 28, 2006

    After Court Loss, Biotech Company Removes Enzyme

    Danisco subsidiary Genencor International Inc. announced Friday that it was withdrawing Spezyme Ethyl—an alpha amylase enzyme used in ethanol production—from the market.

  • August 28, 2006

    EchoStar In $100M Copyright Settlement With Networks

    EchoStar Communications Corp. agreed Monday to pay $100 million to hundreds of U.S. network affiliates to end a drawn-out copyright infringement battle and avoid the “dramatic” consequences of a service shutdown approved last week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • August 28, 2006

    Ricoh Accuses Taiwanese Competitors Of Patent Infringement

    Japanese office equipment maker Ricoh Co. Ltd. has sued two rival Taiwanese companies for allegedly violating four of its patents on optical disk technologies.

  • August 28, 2006

    SGI Objects to LGE’s Patent Claims In Ch. 11 Case

    Silicon Graphics Inc. filed an objection to claims made by its rival LG Electronics over patent infringement in SGI’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, asking the court on Monday to disallow them in their entirety.

  • August 28, 2006

    Taiwan TSMC Sues China SMIC For Agreement Breach

    The battle between China and Taiwan in the realm of intellectual property continued on Monday when Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. announced that it had filed a new lawsuit against Chinese rival Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.

  • August 28, 2006

    McDermott Grows In Silicon Valley

    Continuing its aggressive expansion into IP law, the Silicon Valley office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced on Tuesday that it had added one more counsel and three associates to its Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department.

  • August 25, 2006

    Appeals Court Smokes Claims Against R.J. Reynolds

    Cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Inc. has once again prevailed in a seven-year-old trademark and antitrust lawsuit with a discount retailer, after a federal appeals court ruled the retailer’s reimporting practices violated Reynolds’ trademark.