From Cheerios box trade dress to generic “googling” to a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, 2017 was another bumper year for major rulings in trademark law. Here are the 10 you need to remember.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Danisco subsidiary Genencor International Inc. announced Friday that it was withdrawing Spezyme Ethyl—an alpha amylase enzyme used in ethanol production—from the market.
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.
Japanese office equipment maker Ricoh Co. Ltd. has sued two rival Taiwanese companies for allegedly violating four of its patents on optical disk technologies.
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.
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.
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.
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.