Intellectual Property

  • October 17, 2006

    Judge Dismisses Four Patents From LG Philips LCD Suit

    A federal judge has dismissed four patents from LG Philips LCD Co.’s four-year-old lawsuit against Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd., bringing an end to a bitter dispute over side-mounts for LDC modules.

  • October 17, 2006

    Austrian Patent Office Upholds Lipitor Patent

    Pfizer Inc. has won yet another battle in its war against Ranbaxy Laboratories over its generic version of blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor, after the Austrian Patent Office upheld Pfizer’s basic patent for the drug.

  • October 18, 2006

    Merger To Bolster Reed Smith's IP Practice

    Reed Smith LLP stands to significantly beef up its intellectual property practice with the acquisition of a Chicago-based mid-sized law firm, if the deal is approved by both firms’ shareholders.

  • October 18, 2006

    Federal Court Reverses Decision On Patent Corrections

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday reversed a lower court ruling that Medrad Inc.’s patent for MRI technology was invalid because it failed to file supplemental reissue declarations while seeking the reissue of its patent.

  • October 19, 2006

    Fish & Richardson Reels In Harvard Chemistry Specialist

    Dr. Lian Ouyang has joined Fish & Richardson P.C.’s Boston office as a technology specialist, continuing the IP boutique’s aggressive efforts to expand its turf in the IP industry.

  • October 16, 2006

    Gemstar Fires Back At Digeo Over TV Listing Patents

    After years of wrangling over licenses, Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. has hit Digeo Inc. with a lawsuit for allegedly infringing its patented technology for online television program guides.

  • October 16, 2006

    Conflicting Markman Rulings Set Stage For Enzo Appeal

    Biotechnology company Enzo Biochem Inc. received a favorable claim-construction ruling in its patent infringement suit against rival Applera Corp., but the judge ruled against the company on one of its patents for DNA-detecting technology.

  • October 16, 2006

    Virgin Mobile USA Settles Freedom Wireless Patent Suit

    Virgin Mobile USA settled an outstanding patent dispute with Freedom Wireless Inc. on Friday, becoming the latest telecommunications company to end its legal woes over prepaid phone services.

  • October 16, 2006

    New Jersey High Court Rejects Tax Shelter

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has come down against the use of a popular corporate tax shelter, ruling that companies doing business in the state cannot protect profits from state corporate income tax by using out-of-state subsidiaries to hold their intellectual property.

  • October 16, 2006

    China, Korea Shattering The "Big Three" IP Notion

    With Japan the leader in patent applications worldwide, and its neighbors increasing their IP savvy, statistics confirm that Asia is on the move, according to a report released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

  • October 16, 2006

    J&J Unit Keeps Generic Cos. At Bay Over Risperdal

    Blocking two proposed generic versions of an antipsychotic drug, a New Jersey district court has affirmed the validity and enforceability of a Johnson & Johnson unit’s patent for Risperdal.

  • October 16, 2006

    Teva, Purdue Put OxyContin Litigation Behind Them

    A federal judge has signed off on the settlement agreement over a generic version of painkiller OxyContin between generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. and Purdue Pharma LP, bringing pending litigation to an end.

  • October 13, 2006

    Microsoft In Talks With Belgian Press Over Copyrights

    Unwilling to get involved in the type of legal scuffle from which fellow tech company Google Corp. just emerged, Microsoft’s Belgian MSN division has already started communicating with Belgian copyright group Copiepresse.

  • October 13, 2006

    StarBak Settles Suit Over Video-Conferencing Patents

    Visual communication company StarBak Communications Inc. settled two patent infringement lawsuits against Norwegian rival Tandberg ASA, entering into a new agreement for the licensing of video streaming and archiving technologies.

  • October 13, 2006

    Canadian Newspaper Dealt Blow In Copyright Row

    Five years after a similar ruling in the United States, the Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the rights of freelancers in Canada by ruling that newspapers and magazines must seek permission before putting works in online databases.

  • October 13, 2006

    USPTO's New Strategic Plan Draws Fire

    A proposal from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to create a so-called “suite” of patent products has raised concerns that the agency is sacrificing long-term quality to meet short-term production goals.

  • October 13, 2006

    J&J Seeks To Block Generic Topamax

    Johnson & Johnson has asked a New Jersey district judge to prevent the launch of copycat versions of its lucrative epilepsy drug Topamax.

  • October 12, 2006

    E.U. Cans "Spam Is Ham" Trademark Case

    In a setback for the company whose pork product has become a synonym for unsolicited e-mail, Hormel Foods Corp. lost a bid in the European Union to trademark the word “spam.”

  • October 12, 2006

    Pfizer Sues Generic Maker Over Neosporin Trademark

    Looking to protect its popular first aid antibiotic ointment Neosporin, Pfizer Inc. has filed a trademark suit against a generic pharmaceutical company alleging that its packaging for its ointments is too similar.

  • October 12, 2006

    Silicon Valley Chip War Brews With Suit Against Intel

    A small chip maker has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against microprocessor giant Intel Corp., alleging the company’s most popular and lucrative products are infringing its patents for power-saving technology.