Intellectual Property

  • April 10, 2007

    India Begs Novartis To Drop Patent Challenge

    India’s health minister is calling for Novartis AG to back down from its controversial legal battle to patent Gleevec in the country, reportedly arguing that the Swiss drug maker’s challenge to a key section of India’s patent laws could block global access to affordable drugs.

  • April 11, 2007

    Disney Rejects Potential Settlement Talks Over Pooh

    Two sides in a protracted royalty dispute over Winnie the Pooh were unable to make any headway in potential settlement talks, setting the stage for a sticky copyright battle over the honey-craving bear to continue to play out in the courts.

  • April 9, 2007

    Google Settles Suit Over News Content

    Ending more than two years of litigation in a case with potentially serious ramifications for fair use on the Internet, French news agency Agence France-Presse and Google settled their legal fight over the search engine’s right to post AFP news and photos.

  • April 9, 2007

    J&J Wins Patent Fight Over Drug Stent

    A drug-eluting stent distributed by a Johnson & Johnson Inc. subsidiary does not infringe on a Boston Scientific Corp. patent for a method of administering drugs to treat heart disease, a Delaware federal court has ruled.

  • April 9, 2007

    Fox News Program Wards Off Preliminary Injunction

    Fox News Network LLC’s new “Red Eye” late night television program will keep its name, at least for now, after a federal judge denied Tribune Co.’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

  • April 9, 2007

    Court Lets Wal-Mart Silence Fired Security Operative

    An Arkansas judge granted Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s request to stop fired security operative Bruce Gabbard from talking to any more reporters, court papers revealed on Monday.

  • April 9, 2007

    Toshiba Accuses 17 Cos. Of Infringing DVD Patents

    Toshiba Corp. launched a two-pronged attack against 17 electronics companies Friday, alleging infringement of DVD patents at the U.S. International Trade Commission and a California district court.

  • April 9, 2007

    Vonage Goes To Work Redesigning Patents

    Notwithstanding the Federal Circuit’s impressive history of reversing lower court decisions, Internet phone carrier Vonage Holdings Corp. can’t put all its eggs in the appeals system basket, says a lawyer following the high-profile patent case.

  • April 9, 2007

    USPTO To Reissue Seasonale Patent

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will reissue a patent related to Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s oral contraceptive drug Seasonale, according to Barr, marking the latest development in the battle for the multimillion-dollar market for the drug.

  • April 9, 2007

    Outstanding Women: Marybeth Peters

    About 40 years ago, Marybeth Peters took a job at the U.S. Library of Congress, and inadvertently discovered a passion for copyright law. Now, as the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, she shapes contentious decisions on the rights of artists, broadcasters, salesmen and consumers.

  • April 5, 2007

    Wisconsin Judge Chucks Ricoh Dispute

    Citing lack of personal jurisdiction, a Wisconsin judge has tossed a complaint brought by Japanese office equipment maker Ricoh Co. Ltd. against a group of Taiwanese rivals for allegedly violating four of its patents covering optical disk technologies.

  • April 5, 2007

    Ex-Morgan Stanley Employee Accused Of Theft

    Prosecutors have nabbed a former employee of Morgan Stanley for allegedly conspiring to steal proprietary information regarding hedge funds from the firm.

  • April 5, 2007

    Licensee Loses Bid For Part Of $150M Sony Settlement

    A licensee that claims to have exclusive rights to patents at the heart of a $150 million dispute with Sony has lost a fight to sue the Japanese electronics maker for infringement.

  • April 5, 2007

    Nokia Pays Qualcomm $20M In Licensing Agreement

    Though Nokia Corp. agreed Thursday to pay rival Qualcomm Inc. $20 million to license a group of its patents, the payment will not bring an end to the patent feud brewing between the two companies.

  • April 5, 2007

    Invalid Patent Correction Leads To Reversal

    Citing an invalid certificate of correction from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that a pharmacy service company willfully infringed a patent for heart-surgery chemical technology.

  • April 4, 2007

    Nike Faces Patent Claim From Reebok

    The battle for dominance over the multibillion-dollar athletic shoe market has hit the courtroom, with Reebok International Ltd. claiming that market leader Nike Inc. has infringed a patent for collapsible shoes.

  • April 4, 2007

    Circuit Orders Disclosure Of MediaTek Attorney Letters

    A Taiwanese computer chip maker which is being sued by Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. for infringing CD-ROM chip patents must produce attorney-client communications it sought to keep out of court, a circuit court ruled.

  • April 4, 2007

    AMD Loses Bid To Stay CEO Depositions

    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has lost its bid to stay the depositions of its chief executives in a long-running patent infringement spat with rival Tessera Inc. involving semiconductor chip-scale packaging technology.

  • April 4, 2007

    ITC Probes SiRF Complaint On GPS Patents

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has initiated an investigation into whether Global Locate Inc. infringed upon SiRF Technology Holdings Inc.’s global positioning satellite patents, SiRF said Wednesday.

  • April 4, 2007

    Seiko Epson Cheers ITC Ruling

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has given Japan’s Seiko Epson Corp. a favorable ruling in its bid to stop 24 international companies from importing allegedly infringing products into the United States, the company said Wednesday.