Intellectual Property

  • 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

    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 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 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.

  • May 7, 2004

    Google Faces Trademark Suit In Germany

    Search engine Google, which has been sued in the U.S. and France over its advertising policy, now faces another trademark infringement lawsuit in Germany.

  • May 7, 2004

    Gillette Sues Sharper Image Over Razor Patent

    Gillette Co., already embroiled in litigation over razor technology with rivals Schick and Remington, has asked a federal judge to declare that its soon-to-be-launched vibrating razor handle does not infringe patents held by the Sharper Image Corp.

  • May 7, 2004

    Burns Doane, Merchant & Gould In Merger Talks

    Burns Doane and Merchant & Gould are in talks about a merger that would form one of the largest intellectual property specialty firms in the U.S.

  • May 7, 2004

    Rambus Files Antitrust Suit Against Four Rivals

    Three months after a Federal Trade Commission judge threw out an antitrust case against chip maker Rambus over the use of the company’s patented technology in industry standards, Rambus has filed its own antitrust suit against four rivals.

  • May 7, 2004

    PhRMA Urges FDA To Flesh Out Medicare Act Provisions On 180-Day Exclusivity

    A trade group representing drug originators has urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to define key terms in the Medicare Prescription Drug Act’s patent reforms concerning 180-day marketing exclusivity.

  • May 6, 2004

    WIPO Panel Urges Amendments To Trademark Law Treaty

    A panel at the World Intellectual Property Organization has recommended updating the Trademark Law Treaty to keep pace with technological advances.

  • May 6, 2004

    Canada Set To OK Patent Law Amendments This Week

    Canada’s legislature is expected to amend the country’s patent laws this week to let the government issue licenses to companies to produce generic versions of drugs for use in developing countries.

  • May 6, 2004

    Poverty, Not Patents, Greatest Barrier To Drug Access For Poor, Study Finds

    Poverty is a much greater barrier than patents to access to essential medicines in the developing world, a study authored by Royal Institute of International Affairs fellow Amir Attaran concludes.

  • May 6, 2004

    MPEG Group Sues Sagem Over Compression Technology

    Seven leading electronics companies that control patent rights for the MPEG-2 video compression standard have filed suit in Duesseldorf, Germany, against French telecom and defense company Sagem for infringing 11 patents.

  • May 5, 2004

    Wong Cabello Opens Austin Office

    Houston-based intellectual property law firm Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri LLP has opened an office in Austin.