Intellectual Property

  • January 9, 2004

    USTR Puts South Korea Back on IPR Priority Watch List

    The U.S. once again added South Korea to its priority watch list of countries with weak intellectual property protection, citing a surge in music and film piracy.

  • January 12, 2004

    TouchTunes Wins Summary Judgment Vs. Ecast

    TouchTunes has won a summary judgment ruling against Ecast in an ongoing legal battle between the two providers of digital jukeboxes.

  • January 9, 2004

    L.A. Jury Finds Sinatra Show Infringed Entertainer's Trademark

    A Los Angeles jury has ruled that the Frank Sinatra trademark was infringed by an unauthorized tribute to the entertainer staged in Atlantic City in 2001 and in Las Vegas in 2002.

  • January 8, 2004

    Coca-Cola Settles Chinese Trademark Dispute

    Coca-Cola and a Chinese soft drinks maker have settled out of court over an alleged trademark infringement case regarding the branding of a fruit juice marketed on the mainland.

  • January 8, 2004

    Patriot Scientific Sues Matsushita Over Chip Clock-Speed Patent

    Patriot Scientific Corporation continues to press its multimillion-dollar litigation against chip makers, suing Matsushita in New Jersey over its patent for microprocessor clock speeds.

  • January 9, 2004

    Oblon, Spivak Names Signore, Mattson New Partners

    Alexandria, VA-based IP boutique Oblon, Spivak has elected Philippe J.C. Signore, Ph.D. and Robert C. Mattson as new members.

  • January 7, 2004

    Philippines IP Office to Raise Fees

    The Philippines will raise fees for intellectual property filings for the first time in nearly four years on Jan. 16, the Intellectual Property Office said.

  • January 7, 2004

    Budvar Wins Trademark Case Vs. Anheuser-Busch In South Korea

    A court has rejected a claim by U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch Cos. that Czech brewer Budvar AS was infringing its trademark in South Korea.

  • January 7, 2004

    Macrovision Sues 321 Studios Over DVD Copying System

    Santa Clara, Calif.-based Macrovision Corp. sued 321 Studios over its DVD copying system, claiming the software infringes its patented copy protection technology and violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

  • January 12, 2004

    Legal Battle Looms Over Internet Ad Formats

    InternetAd Systems, which recently sued several popular online content providers, says it plans to seek royalties from websites that use various online ad formats, including some types of pop-up and pop-under ads.

  • January 7, 2004

    Agilent Sues PixArt Over Optical Mouse Patent

    Agilent Technologies Inc. has sued PixArt Imaging in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that PixArt is infringing its patent for optical mouse sensor technology.

  • January 7, 2004

    Energizer Wins $2 Million Settlement In Trademark Dispute

    A maker of exercise equipment cannot use the Energizer trademark, according to a settlement between Energizer Holdings subsidiary Eveready Battery Co. and Abflex USA.

  • January 8, 2004

    Diomed Sues AngioDynamics Over Laser Treatments

    Diomed filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts against rival AngioDynamics for alleged infringement of its patent for endovascular laser treatments of varicose veins, shortly after suing another rival over alleged theft of trade secrets.

  • January 7, 2004

    Conn. Attorney General Launches Anitrust Probe of Purdue

    A day after a federal judge invalidates Purdue Pharma's OxyContin patents, Connecticut's Attorney General asks other states to join in an antitrust probe.

  • January 7, 2004

    Ireland's New High Court Division To Deal With IP

    The new commercial division of Ireland’s High Court, to be created this month, will deal with intellectual property cases, the government said.

  • January 7, 2004

    Indian Drug Companies Oppose Change to Patent Law

    India’s decision to dilute the provision for opposing a patent before it has been granted has upset the domestic pharmaceutical industry.

  • January 6, 2004

    Asics Sues Payless ShoeSource Over Athletic Shoes

    Japan’s Asics Corp. has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Central California against discount shoe seller Payless ShoeSource Inc. for trademark infringement, unfair competition, trademark dilution and false advertising.

  • January 5, 2004

    Lowrie, Lando Names Partner and Hires of Counsel

    Boston intellectual property boutique Lowrie, Lando and Anastasi, LLP promoted Robert A. Skrivanek, Jr., to partner and hired Keith F. Noe as of counsel.

  • January 5, 2004

    TiVo sues EchoStar over DVR patent

    Digital video recorder company TiVo has filed a patent infringement suit against EchoStar Communications, a satellite TV service provider, over set-top boxes that record television programming onto a built-in hard drive.

  • January 5, 2004

    Purdue's Patents for Oxycontin Invalidated

    A U.S. District Court judge in Manhattan invalidated Purdue Pharma’s patents protecting the controversial and widely abused pain killer Oxycontin, clearing the way for drug maker Endo Pharmaceuticals to sell a generic version.