Intellectual Property

  • March 15, 2006

    Sun Microsystems and Azul Systems In Patent Fracas

    A long-simmering patent and licensing dispute erupted into legal action on Wednesday between startup computer maker Azul Systems Inc. and technology rival Sun Microsystems.

  • March 15, 2006

    WIPO Aims To Revise Global Trademark Rules

    Intellectual property rights experts meeting at the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization conference in Singapore are revising a global trademark treaty, with plans to introduce electronic filing processes and define trademark protection for such non-traditional items as holograms, sounds and smells.

  • March 15, 2006

    Partner Leaves Foley, Heads Back To Wildman

    Though last month Foley & Lardner nabbed five Wildman Harrold intellectual property partners, only four will stay with the firm, as data privacy specialist William Cook has chosen to go back to Wildman Harrold.

  • March 15, 2006

    Abbott Bids To Toss Antitrust Charges Over TriCor

    A persistent legal battle plagues Abbott Laboratories one year after the company resolved a patent dispute with Israeli drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., which has accused Abbott of antitrust violations over its blockbuster cholesterol treatment TriCor.

  • March 15, 2006

    Apotex Launches Pre-Emptive Strike Against Par

    A patent squabble has erupted between two generic drug makers, as Apotex Inc. has slapped Par Pharmaceuticals with a lawsuit in hopes of blocking the company from suing it over the appetite stimulant drug Megace.

  • March 14, 2006

    Morgan & Finnegan Opens Its Doors In Shanghai

    Morgan & Finnegan had been toying with the idea of setting up shop in China. And when two of the firm’s partners originally from China talked about moving back, it seemed the perfect opportunity for one of the oldest intellectual property law firms to open its doors in Shanghai.

  • March 14, 2006

    Rambus, Hynix Face Off In Closely Watched Chip Feud

    With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, Rambus Inc. and South Korea’s Hynix Semiconductor Inc. are set to face off in opening arguments this week in a patent battle over computer memory chip technology.

  • March 14, 2006

    Sony Determined To Appeal $90.7M Verdict

    Pressing on with the fight, Sony Corp. has vowed to continue appealing a patent infringement ruling that would force the electronics giant to pay rival Immersion Corp. $90.7 million, only days after a federal judge tossed a Sony request to overturn the verdict and order a new trial.

  • March 14, 2006

    J&J On Warpath Over Schizophrenia Drug

    Johnson & Johnson has slapped Canadian drug maker Apotex Inc. with a patent infringement lawsuit, the latest attempt to thwart generic versions of its blockbuster antipsychotic drug Risperdal from entering the marketplace.

  • March 14, 2006

    Proskauer Rose Nabs Four Attorneys For IP Practice

    Proskauer Rose LLP, a giant international law firm with over 700 lawyers at its disposal, has added four experienced attorneys to its expanding Washington, D.C. office in an effort to strengthen its life sciences and intellectual property practice.

  • March 13, 2006

    China’s Piracy Crackdown: Is It The Real Thing?

    Widespread reports that China has created a special court to prosecute product piracy cases in its bid to curb rampant illegal copying of movies, music, software and other goods may not be what they seem.

  • March 13, 2006

    Feds Argue Against eBay In Patent Fight

    The federal government dealt a blow to eBay Inc. and its efforts regarding a patent dispute with e-commerce technology company MercExchange LLC—a quarrel which threatens to terminate one of the Web auctioneer’s most popular shopping features.

  • March 13, 2006

    Phillips Wins Landmark Patent Suit Against AWH

    Ending a drawn-out chapter in a 15-year-old patent case, a district court jury found that AWH Corporation, Hopeman Brothers and Lofton Corporation willfully infringed on all four of the claims made by Edward Hood Phillips relating to his patent on vandalism-resistant modular wall panels, and awarded him more than $1.8 million Friday.

  • March 13, 2006

    Judge Refuses To Overturn $90.7M Verdict Against Sony

    Sony Corp. is one step closer to paying rival Immersion Corp. $90.7 million for patent infringement, after a federal judge refused a Sony request to overturn the verdict and order a new trial.

  • March 13, 2006

    Orrick Names New IP Head

    Promoting from within, general practice law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has appointed seasoned intellectual property attorney Gary Weiss as the new group leader for the firm's global IP practice.

  • March 10, 2006

    Novogen Sues Chattem Over Preventative Health Methods

    Australian biotechnology company Novogen Research Party Ltd. has slammed Chattem Inc. with a lawsuit, accusing the health manufacturer of infringing on a patented method used to treat breast cancer, pre-menstrual syndrome and menopause.

  • March 10, 2006

    IP Lawyer’s Patent Fight With Microsoft Continues

    A Texas attorney’s ongoing patent dispute with Microsoft continued in a federal circuit court on Thursday, where the software behemoth was accused of infringing on patented anti-piracy technology.

  • March 10, 2006

    Angels Ready To Raise Hell Over Disney Movie

    Mickey Mouse better watch his back. Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Corp. filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group Inc., claiming Disney’s upcoming motion picture, “Wild Hogs,” has infringed on the Angels’ notorious name and its family unfriendly “death head” symbol.

  • March 10, 2006

    Veritec Back In Chapter 11 After Deal With Mitsubishi

    Banished to Chapter 7 liquidation two months ago, Veritec’s contentious bankruptcy case has landed once again in the Chapter 11 arena, after the bar code manufacturer reached a new deal with Mitsubishi Corp. and other creditors this week.

  • March 10, 2006

    Latham & Watkins Scores New Partner

    Hoping to attend to the complex legal needs of the booming biotechnology and life sciences industries in and around Silicon Valley, Latham & Watkins has injected a new key player into its corporate department.