Intellectual Property

  • March 30, 2007

    Outstanding Women: Juanita Brooks

    When attorney Juanita Brooks’ comprehensive career evolved from a focus on grisly criminal cases and white-collar crime to technically challenging intellectual property disputes, she wasted no time arriving at the cutting edge of IP law.

  • March 30, 2007

    E.U. Targets Boehringer For Misuse Of Patent System

    Antitrust proceedings have been initiated against German drug maker Boehringer AG and its subsidiaries for allegedly misusing the patent system to eliminate competition in the market for lung disease drugs, the European Commission announced Friday.

  • April 2, 2007

    Synopsys, Magma Make Peace

    After a number of long, drawn-out patent battles, Synopsys Inc. and Magma Design Automation have made peace, with Magma agreeing to pay $12.5 million and the companies agreeing to a cross-licensing deal.

  • March 29, 2007

    Students Allege Plagiarism Service Violates Law

    Four high school students have filed a lawsuit against an anti-plagiarism service, accusing the company of violating copyright laws by archiving student papers and works.

  • March 29, 2007

    Merck's Fosamax Patent Reinstated In E.U.

    In a surprise victory for Merck & Co., the European Patent Office reinstated Wednesday the drug maker's critical patent for its osteoporosis drug Fosamax Once Weekly, nearly three years after it was first declared invalid.

  • March 29, 2007

    Stryker Unit Wins Summary Judgment In Patent Case

    In a move that could mark the resolution of a patent infringement suit over hip implant technology that has lasted almost five years, a court has granted summary judgment to a subsidiary of orthopedics company Stryker Corp.

  • March 29, 2007

    Merck Wins Appeal To Prohibit Generic Eye Drug

    The Federal Circuit upheld a Merck & Co. Inc. patent Thursday which will keep a generic version of hypertension drug Trusopt off the market until the patent expires next year.

  • March 29, 2007

    Jury Makes Diomed $12.5M Richer

    A federal jury has awarded $12.5 million to Diomed Holdings Inc., which had accused AngioDynamics Inc. and Vascular Solutions Inc. of infringing its patent for the endovascular laser treatment of varicose veins.

  • March 29, 2007

    Schering Takes Aim At Glenmark Over Zetia

    In the latest legal feud over a blockbuster cholesterol drug, Schering-Plough Corp. has hauled Glenmark Pharmaceuticals to court on allegations that the Indian generics maker has infringed a patent covering its anti-cholesterol treatment Zetia.

  • March 28, 2007

    "Da Vinci" Cleared Of Plagiarism Charges

    A U.K. appeals court has affirmed that Dan Brown’s blockbuster book “The Da Vinci Code” did not plagiarize the work of two historians, despite some similarities.

  • March 28, 2007

    Patent Holder's Lawyer Loses Bid For Sanctions Stay

    Counsel for a litigious patent-holding company has lost a bid for a stay on sanctions imposed by a court in its failed infringement claim against a mortgage lender.

  • March 28, 2007

    Court Tosses Claims In “Pooh” Dispute

    A federal judge has thrown out a number of claims against Walt Disney Co. brought by the family that has the merchandising rights to the “Winnie the Pooh” trademark.

  • March 28, 2007

    Patent Battle Over Euro Rages On In The E.U.

    Though the European Central Bank won its patent noninfringement case against U.S.-based anti-counterfeiting technology maker Document Security Systems Inc. in the British High Court on Monday, a subsequent loss in the German Patent Court showed DSS still giving the bank a run for its money.

  • March 28, 2007

    HP Unleashes Patent Portfolio On Acer

    Computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Taiwanese rival Acer Inc., accusing the smaller company of infringing five patents for a variety of personal computer functions.

  • March 28, 2007

    Judge Dismisses Case Over Credit Technology

    A federal judge has granted summary judgment to a number of department stores, ending a lawsuit that alleged they were infringing on a patent relating to technology for establishing credit accounts.

  • March 28, 2007

    Court Sets Date In Forgent Trial

    After surviving summary judgment, Forgent Networks Inc. is barreling closer to facing off with its opponents in front of a jury as the battle over a highly litigated patent for video playback technology prepares to take center stage.

  • March 28, 2007

    Tyco Files Suit Over Generic Sleep Aid

    Tyco Healthcare Group LP has filed a lawsuit against a subsidiary of Pharmaceutical Holdings Corp., alleging it infringed four patents for Restoril by seeking approval to make a generic version of the sleep aid.

  • March 27, 2007

    Bertelsmann, EMI Strike Deal In Napster Feud

    Signaling a possible end to the long-running Napster litigation, Bertelsmann AG has reached a settlement with the last major record label that had sued the German media giant in connection to its financial backing of the infamous file-sharing service.

  • March 27, 2007

    Pillsbury Snags IP Attorney From Kenyon

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has nabbed intellectual property practitioner Fred Grasso from boutique firm Kenyon & Kenyon to join its Northern Virginia office as of counsel, the firm said Tuesday.

  • March 27, 2007

    FDA Banned From Approving More Generic Norvasc

    A district court has banned the federal drug agency from granting new applications by generic drug makers to market cheap copies of Pfizer’s popular Norvasc until it hears Mylan Laboratories case for six months’ exclusivity.