Intellectual Property

  • August 9, 2005

    Vendors Pool RFID Patents, Launch Licensing Consortium

    Nearly 20 technology companies have joined forces to pool their patents into a licensing consortium designed to promote an emerging wireless tracking technology that could one day replace bar codes on packaged goods.

  • August 9, 2005

    Ocean Tomo Launches IP Private Equity Fund

    Merchant bank Ocean Tomo has launched an investment fund to provide private equity capital and mezzanine debt to companies with undervalued intellectual property rights, including patents and trademarks.

  • August 8, 2005

    King Sues Teva Over Plans For Generic Sonata

    King Pharmaceuticals has sued Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals in federal courts in Delaware and New Jersey over Teva’s plans to make a generic version of the line of insomnia drugs marketed under the label Sonata.

  • August 8, 2005

    Apotex Sues Merck Over Lost Sales Of Generic Fosamax

    Canadian drug maker Apotex Inc. has sued Merck & Co. for damages for lost sales of a generic version of osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

  • August 8, 2005

    Sheppard Mullin Hires Media, IP Litigator From Coudert Brothers

    Kevin Goering, a seasoned media litigator with extensive experience in intellectual property, has left Coudert Brothers in New York to join Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group.

  • August 8, 2005

    California Company Targets Loyalty Programs With Patent Suit

    In a legal assault that targets large swaths of the travel and financial-services industries, a small California company has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against travel-services giant Cendant Corp. over a widely used business method.

  • August 8, 2005

    Ericsson Prevails In Protracted Patent Battle With Harris Corp.

    A pair of decisions by a federal appeals court has left communications equipment maker Harris Corp. bruised, if not defeated, in a 17-year battle with Swedish rival Ericsson, Inc. over wireless gear patents.

  • August 5, 2005

    Hewlett-Packard Tops List Of 2004 U.K. Patentees

    Patents granted by the U.K. Patent Office rose 8% in 2004, fuelled largely by patenting by technology companies, the government agency said.

  • August 5, 2005

    Judge Rules For "Da Vinci Code" Author In Copyright Suit

    A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled for “Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown in a $150 million copyright infringement lawsuit filed by an author who claimed the best-selling thriller plagiarized his novel.

  • August 5, 2005

    Symbol Technologies Settles Trademark Suit Against MKG

    Symbol Technologies Inc., a maker of bar code scanners and handheld computers, said Friday that it settled its trademark, trade-dress and design-patent lawsuit against Mobile Knowledge Group Services Inc.

  • August 5, 2005

    Nokia Loses Intervention Bid In $112M Licensing Dispute

    In a setback for Nokia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has barred the Finnish mobile handset maker from intervening in a patent suit between competitor Ericsson, Inc. and cellular technology vendor InterDigital Communications.

  • August 5, 2005

    Mysterious Company Drops Patent Challenge To Sanofi-Aventis' Plavix

    An obscure Scottish company that had filed a mysterious challenge to the U.K. patent covering Sanofi-Aventis’ best-selling blood thinner Plavix has dropped its lawsuit, Sanofi-Aventis said Friday.

  • August 4, 2005

    BlackBerry Maker Mulls Supreme Court Appeal In Patent Case

    BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, Inc. is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court of the Federal Circuit’s latest decision in its drawn-out and acrimonious dispute with NTP Inc.

  • August 4, 2005

    NEC, Harris Settle Patent Lawsuit Over Wireless Gear

    Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. has settled a lawsuit against wireless network gear maker Harris Corp. over patents for mobile communications technology.

  • August 4, 2005

    Trading Technologies Wrings Licensing Deals Out Of Two More Rivals

    Software developer Trading Technologies pushed through additional settlement deals Thursday, bringing two competitors to the bargaining table just days after filing patent infringement suits in the Northern District of Illinois.

  • August 4, 2005

    Judge Denies Injunctions In Imax Movie Patent Case

    A patent dispute pitting big-screen movie pioneer Imax Corp. against a boutique technology vendor is raising questions about the ownership of the next generation of film technology.

  • August 3, 2005

    IBM Sells DVD Patent Portfolio To Mitsubishi

    International Business Machines has sold a portfolio of 250 patents for DVD-related technologies to Japanese electronics giant Mitsubishi Electric Corp., the company confirmed Wednesday.

  • August 3, 2005

    Dewey Ballantine Hires Pharmacogenomics Expert For IP Group

    Dewey Ballantine has hired Noemi "Nicky" Espinosa as a partner in its intellectual property group, in a move designed to bolster its presence in the emerging pharmacogenomics industry.

  • August 3, 2005

    Matsushita Sues MediaTek Over Chip Patents

    Japanese electronics maker Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. has sued Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek Inc in federal court in California for patent infringement related to integrated circuit chips.

  • August 4, 2005

    Genentech, Chiron Settle Herceptin Patent Dispute

    Biotech companies Genentech, Inc. and Chiron have quietly settled the remaining patent disputes in a $300 million lawsuit over Genentech's metastatic breast cancer drug, Herceptin (Trastuzumab).