Intellectual Property

  • July 5, 2006

    NetRatings, Unica Settle Patent Feud

    Waving a white flag in a long-running patent infringement battle in the lucrative Web analytics industry, NetRatings Inc. has reached a settlement with Unica Corp. and its subsidiary, Sane Solutions Inc., marking the fourth such compromise reached in NetRatings' ongoing patent enforcement program.

  • July 5, 2006

    Antitrust Charges Against Qualcomm Piling Up

    Semiconductor makers Texas Instruments and Broadcom filed formal antitrust complaints against rival Qualcomm, alleging market dominance in South Korea over Qualcomm’s patent for wireless chip technology and adding to Qualcomm's list of legal troubles.

  • July 6, 2006

    Silicon Valley Counsel: Rambus' Kent Richardson

    Computer memory innovator Rambus Inc. is constantly looking out for its IP “Sweet Spot,” a term coined by the company’s top brass to define the nexus of technology licensing and patent licensing.

  • June 30, 2006

    Intermec Begins New RFID Patent Battle

    Intermec Inc. is ready for round two in its ongoing fight to protect its patents for radio frequency identification, after the company filed a new patent lawsuit against Alien Technology on Thursday, alleging infringement on 10 RFID patents.

  • June 30, 2006

    Judge Deletes Most Of SCO's Claims Against IBM

    In a major setback for the SCO Group’s $5 billion lawsuit against IBM Corp., a U.S. magistrate has rejected the majority of the software provider’s allegations of copyright infringement over source code in the open source operating system Linux.

  • June 30, 2006

    Johnson & Johnson Sues To Stop Generic Risperdal

    A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson has filed a federal patent infringement lawsuit in an attempt to thwart a Canadian pharmaceutical company’s efforts to introduce a generic version of Risperdal, the latest in a series of suits filed by J&J to protect the market for its blockbuster antipsychotic drug.

  • June 30, 2006

    Hawaiian Air Claims Rival Stole Trade Secrets

    All is not well for Hawaiian Airlines and inter-island competitor Mesa Air Group Inc., which have been slinging allegations of trade secret violations and anti-competitive conduct against each other in bankruptcy court.

  • July 5, 2006

    Silicon Valley Counsel: Yahoo's Joe Siino

    When Yahoo Inc. realized its IP organization needed a major overhaul, the company sought out a top Silicon Valley IP strategist, attorney Joseph K. Siino. But rather than simply tap the IP guru for advice, the Web media firm convinced him to join the team as its vice president of IP.

  • June 30, 2006

    Cephalon Takes Another Blow Over Provigil

    As the battle over Cephalon Inc.’s narcolepsy drug Provigil continues to swell, generic drug maker Apotex has joined the fray, filing its own lawsuit accusing the pharmaceutical company and a slew of rival generic makers of barring competition by entering into a deal to delay introducing copycat versions of the drug.

  • June 30, 2006

    Boeing To Pay Record $615M To Quell DOJ Probe

    The Boeing Company will pay $615 million to settle U.S. Department of Justice probes into allegations that Boeing illegally obtained and used competitors' information to win contracts worth billions of dollars from NASA and the Air Force.

  • June 30, 2006

    Silicon Valley Counsel: AMD's Harry Wolin

    A thorough re-thinking of IP under general counsel Harry Wolin has helped chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. focus on intellectual property as a core asset, even as the company fights a second front in its antitrust battle with arch rival Intel Corp.

  • June 29, 2006

    DocuSign Hits Warpath Over Electronic Signature

    Fresh off a favorable patent settlement with industry rival Yozons Inc., DocuSign Inc. has fired off a pair of lawsuits accusing more competitors of infringing on its electronic signature technology.

  • June 29, 2006

    Toshiba, NEC, Fujitsu-Siemens Hit With Patent Suits

    A Huntsville, Ala.-based technology company that has squeezed hundreds of millions of dollars out of rivals through patent litigation is at it again, filing infringement suits against Toshiba Corp., NEC Corp. and Fujitsu-Siemens Computers.

  • June 29, 2006

    Greenberg Traurig's IP Group Grows In Silicon Valley

    Greenberg Traurig is continuing its quest to become a major player in Silicon Valley, hiring the fourth new IP partner in the Valley office in the past year.

  • June 29, 2006

    Mixed Ruling For J&J In Stent Dispute

    A federal appeals court granted Johnson & Johnson a mixed blessing Thursday, affirming a lower court’s finding that a coronary stent patent held by J & J subsidiary Cordis Corp. was valid, but declining to rule on the issue of whether rival Boston Scientific Corp. had infringed on the patent.

  • June 29, 2006

    No Help For Google In French Trademark Appeal

    A Parisian appeals court has upheld a controversial trademark infringement ruling against the French unit of Internet search giant Google Inc.

  • June 29, 2006

    PhRMA Blasted Over Authorized Generics Study

    In the wake of a new study lauding the competitive effects of authorized generics, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association has issued a blistering statement calling into question the reliability of the report.

  • June 29, 2006

    Big Pharma Lashes Out At Generic Competition

    Brand-name drug manufacturers, facing potentially billions of dollars in losses when their patent protection on drugs expires, are attempting to protect their market shares by slashing prices to undercut the generic competition--a move that has some accusing the pharmaceutical companies of predatory pricing.

  • June 28, 2006

    Akamai Ready For Battle Over Patents

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Akamai Technology Inc. have filed a lawsuit against rival Limelight Networks, alleging the company has infringed technology patents.

  • June 28, 2006

    Vehicle Auctioneers Settle Patent, Antitrust Claims

    Two U.S. vehicle auctioneers have resolved a dispute over patent infringement allegations fueled by an online auction system and alleged antitrust violations in the vehicle auction market.