Intellectual Property

  • May 14, 2004

    Abbott Faces Calls For Compulsory License For Norvis

    Abbott Laboratories’ nearly fivefold increase on its AIDS drug Norvis has prompted calls from government officials for a compulsory license for a generic version of the drug before its patent expiration, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • May 14, 2004

    Canada To Ratify WIPO Treaties

    Canada will finally ratify intellectual property treaties it signed six years ago, government sources have told the media.

  • May 14, 2004

    Monsanto Sues Syngenta Over Patent For Gene Modified Corn

    Agribusiness Monsanto Co. has filed a lawsuit against Swiss rival Syngenta AG for patent infringement, seeking to bar Syngenta from using technology used in producing a popular genetically modified corn.

  • May 14, 2004

    Judge Deals Blow to Qualcomm In Suit Over CDMA Licensing

    A U.S. District Judge has ruled against Qualcomm in a long-running patent dispute with Maxim Integrated Products Inc., granting a partial summary judgment regarding Qualcomm's licensing agreements.

  • May 12, 2004

    Kao Sues Eastman Kodak Unit Over Toner Patent

    Japanese conglomerate Kao Corp. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against NexPress Solutions Inc., a unit of Eastman Kodak Co., over its technology for printer toners.

  • May 12, 2004

    University of California Defends Eolas Patent

    The Regents of the University of California this week defended its “Eolas” patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, arguing that it should be allowed to retain the controversial patent at the center of a $521 million jury award against Microsoft Corp.

  • May 12, 2004

    Congress Panel Hears Arguments Over Amending DMCA

    A panel of the U.S. House of Representatives heard arguments Wednesday for and against amending the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

  • May 21, 2004

    Caesar Rivise Names Three Partners As Shareholders

    Philadelphia-based intellectual property boutique Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow has named three of its partners as shareholders of the firm.

  • May 12, 2004

    Prosecutors Charge Third Boeing Employee In Trade Secret Probe

    Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against another former Boeing Co. employee in a probe into allegations that the company stole trade secrets from rival Lockheed Martin Corp. to win a multibillion-dollar rocket contract.

  • May 11, 2004

    Activists Protest E.U. Handling Of Software Patent Bill

    A coalition of activist groups has launched a campaign against what they see as an effort by the European Union’s Council of Ministers to secure passage of patent protection for software without approval of the European Parliament.

  • May 11, 2004

    Gateway, In Counter-Strike, Sues Hewlett-Packard Over Patents

    Gateway has fired a legal salvo in the mounting patent battle between two of the world’s top computer maker, suing rival Hewlett-Packard Co. for infringement of five of its patents.

  • May 12, 2004

    Cephalon Plans To File Patent Suit Vs Sandoz Over Provigil ANDA

    Cephalon Inc. said in a regulatory filing to the U.S. Securities and Trade Commission that it plans to sue Sandoz Inc. over its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for a generic form of modafinil, the active drug substance in its narcolepsy drug Provigil.

  • May 11, 2004

    Ricoh Sues Taiwanese Rivals Over Optical Disk Patents

    Japanese electronics and office supply maker Ricoh Co. has filed lawsuits against Taiwan's Lite-On Information Technology Corp., CMC Magnetics Corp. and their related firms over the use of optical disc-related technologies.

  • May 11, 2004

    Federal Circuit Rules For Elan In Naproxen Patent Suit

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a lower court’s decision to invalidate drug maker Elan's patent for controlled-release naproxen.

  • May 11, 2004

    ArvinMeritor Wins Patent Interference Vs. Eaton

    The U.S. Patent Board of Appeals and Patent Interferences has issued judgment in favor of auto parts supplier ArvinMeritor against Eaton Corporation on all claims in two related transmission patent interferences, ArvinMeritor said.

  • May 10, 2004

    Japan To Propose IP Body At OECD

    Japan will propose the establishment of a specialized intellectual property body at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to local media reports.

  • May 10, 2004

    Global Generic Drug Market To Grow 10%-15% Annually, Survey Says

    Fueled by a rising volume of patent expirations, growth for generic drugs sales is expected to sharply outpace growth for branded drugs in the next few years, according to a new survey.

  • May 10, 2004

    Hewlett-Packard Takes Patent Dispute With Gateway To ITC

    Expanding its patent litigation against one of its chief rivals, U.S. computer maker Hewlett-Packard has petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission to block Gateway from importing computers.

  • May 10, 2004

    Japan IP Court To Open In April 2005

    Japan’s plans for a specialized intellectual property court have progressed quickly, with a tentative launch date now set for April 2005.

  • May 10, 2004

    Ireland Drafts Compromise Text For E.U. Software Patent Bill

    Ireland’s government, which currently holds the presidency of the European Union, has launched an effort to roll back controversial measures in a bill that would harmonize the way in which national patent laws deal with software innovations.