Intellectual Property

  • 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.

  • March 9, 2006

    Author Concedes Major Point In “Da Vinci Code” Trial

    One of the authors who claims that the best-selling thriller “The Da Vinci Code” ripped off themes and ideas from his material was forced to admit in court on Thursday that there are significant differences between his book and Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel.

  • March 9, 2006

    Hunton & Williams Brings Two New Players On Board

    Already standing on a sturdy base of 100 members devoted to intellectual property, Hunton & Williams has reeled in two new lawyers to expand its practice.

  • March 9, 2006

    New Patent Bolsters SmartDisk’s Attack

    Adding ammunition to its pending lawsuit, storage provider SmartDisk Corporation has tacked another patent onto its list of infringement charges against French electronics manufacturer Archos S.A.

  • March 9, 2006

    Allergan, Alcon Settle Patent Feud Over Eye Drops

    Botox manufacturer Allergan Inc. and Alcon Inc. have amicably ended a patent infringement battle that has lasted nearly two years over Alcon’s brimonidine 0.15% eye drops product.

  • March 8, 2006

    Spansion Sues Macronix Over Trademark Infringement

    Spansion Inc., a manufacturer of flash memory products, smacked Macronix International and Macronix America with a trademark infringement lawsuit Tuesday.

  • March 8, 2006

    Baker Botts Nabs Two Attorneys For IP Practice

    In a move to bolster its expanding practice, the law firm Baker Botts has nabbed two seasoned attorneys, Paul F. Fehlner and Daniel J. Hulsberg, to tackle complex intellectual property matters in the firm’s New York office.

  • March 8, 2006

    Inventor Defeats Company In LED Patent Fight

    The extended battle between a Japanese company and one of its former employees over a patent for light-emitting diodes (LED) technology has finally drawn to a close, with the company dropping its claims to the patent.

  • March 8, 2006

    Delphi Seeks To Retain Dickinson As IP Counsel

    Still wrangling over the details of its restructuring, bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi Corp. has requested court permission to retain Dickinson Wright Pllc as its intellectual property counsel.

  • March 8, 2006

    Russia Backtracks On IP Law, Endangering WTO Bid

    In a move that has the international intellectual property community up in arms, Russia appears to be steamrolling new legislation that would drastically change its existing copyright and trademark law, possibly slashing its chances of joining the World Trade Organization this year, according to lobbyists and industry groups.

  • March 8, 2006

    Pfizer Sues Philippines Over Generic Norvasc

    U.S. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. is taking on the Philippines to protect patents that cover its second best-selling drug Norvasc, only one month after a sweeping victory in U.S. courts cleared generic opposition.

  • March 9, 2006

    AstraZeneca Starts Patent Squabble With IVAX

    In a move to fend off a rival’s attempts to produce and market a generic form of Nexium, AstraZeneca AB has fired off a lawsuit against drug maker IVAX Corporation for allegedly infringing on patents related to its widely prescribed ulcer drug.

  • March 7, 2006

    Argentina Bids For E.U. Help In Monsanto Roundup Row

    A long-running feud between biotech giant Monsanto Co. and Argentina over royalty payments on genetically modified Roundup Ready soybeans has reached a boiling point, prompting the country to solicit intervention by the European Commission.

  • March 7, 2006

    NTP Prepares For Battle At "Flawed" USPTO

    Without missing a step, patent holding firm NTP Inc. is preparing for its next offensive, this time at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where the patents at the center of a dispute with BlackBerry maker Research in Motion continue to face intense scrutiny under reexamination.

  • March 8, 2006

    Rivals Say Microsoft Acting Unfairly In Antitrust Case

    In a confidential filing with the European Commission, software groups have accused Microsoft Corp. of setting out a “poisoned honeypot” by offering open source code in the antitrust litigation that has ensnared the software giant.

  • March 8, 2006

    Nanotechnology Maker Hit With Class Action Lawsuit

    NVE Corporation, a company on the cutting edge of the burgeoning nanotechnology industry, misrepresented its intellectual property and engaged in a scheme to defraud investors, shareholders claim in a class action lawsuit filed this week.

  • March 7, 2006

    Japan Seeks Stiff Punishment For IP Violators

    In a move designed to protect its intellectual property rights at home and abroad, the Japanese government is preparing to submit a bill that would significantly increase the penalties facing violators of IP rights, according to officials.

  • March 7, 2006

    Conflict Of Interest At Barnes & Thornburg Hampers Case

    An alleged conflict of interest at law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP has resulted in a patent opinion being thrown out ahead of an infringement trial, prompting an internal review at the firm.

  • March 7, 2006

    Sanyo Brings New Patent Charges Against Mediatek

    Piling on to a growing patent dispute over integrated circuit devices and chips for CDs and DVDs in Texas, Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. has filed a fresh lawsuit against Mediatek in a Los Angeles federal court following a court order.

  • March 6, 2006

    Broadcast Data Sues Sirius, XM For Infringement

    Broadcast Data Retrieval Corp. has launched an attack against Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Inc., alleging that the companies infringed on a patent covering a broadcasting method for satellite radio.