Intellectual Property

  • November 23, 2005

    USPTO Patent Delays At Record High: Internal Report

    With nearly one million patent applications pending at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the agency appears unable to keep up with steadily increasing demand and patent complexity, causing its leaders to concede some long-term goals may have been too ambitious.

  • November 23, 2005

    Injunction Upheld In Applera v. MJ Research Patent Fight

    There is no end in sight to the seven-year old patent dispute between MJ Research and Applera Corporation, with a Connecticut judge denying an MJ Research motion to enforce a settlement between the two companies.

  • November 22, 2005

    Mylan Failed To Prove Identical Ingredients: Abbott Suit

    Generic drug maker Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. failed to show the active ingredients in its version of epilepsy drug Depakote are identical to Abbott Laboratories’ original version as required by U.S. Code, according to a federal patent infringement lawsuit filed by Abbott recently.

  • November 22, 2005

    European Telcos Demand Royalty Cap

    Several of Europe’s major telecommunications companies have joined forces to dispute Europe’s current intellectual property rules, demanding that the European Telecommunications Standards Institute review rules that the companies claim permit excessive demands for royalties.

  • November 22, 2005

    Jury Favors Monsanto In Patent Dispute With Bayer

    A jury has ruled in favor of Monsanto Co. in the company’s patent dispute with rival Bayer CropScience over an insect-protection technology for corn.

  • November 22, 2005

    Ericsson Slapped With $43M In Damages In Chip Dispute

    Chip maker Atmel Corp. has been awarded $43.1 million in damages in a patent arbitration with Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson related to its AVR microcontroller technology.

  • November 22, 2005

    Ulcer Drug Patents Spark Court Battle

    AstraZeneca has responded to Ranbaxy’s attempt to market a generic version of popular ulcer drug Nexium, filing a lawsuit in district court in New Jersey accusing the Indian drug maker of patent infringement.

  • November 22, 2005

    Robins Kaplan Hires Former Medtronic Legal Honcho

    Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has hired Sue Halverson, a former counsel for medical device maker Medtronic, as of counsel in the firm’s intellectual property litigation and mass tort practices.

  • November 22, 2005

    Federal Circuit Upholds Injunction Vs. Teva, Ranbaxy

    Generic drug makers Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. were dealt a blow Tuesday when the Federal Circuit affirmed Pfizer Inc.’s injunction against the pair and their generic Accupril for hypertension treatment.

  • November 21, 2005

    Rambus Targeted Again In DRAM Patent Battle

    Although a judge dismissed Korean electronics maker Samsung’s patent infringement suit against Rambus, Samsung has found another way to take on the rival chip maker in court.

  • November 21, 2005

    DNA Replication Suit Favors Invitrogen In Federal Circuit

    Molecular biology company Clontech Laboratories Inc. will return to district court in worse shape after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed favorable rulings over patents for creating libraries of cloned DNA.

  • November 21, 2005

    Texas Attorney General, EFF Sue Sony Over Anti-Piracy

    Sony BMG Music is facing at least two separate lawsuits over its failed anti-piracy technology on music CDs, intended to restrict the number of times a single disc could be copied.

  • November 21, 2005

    GM Settles Trademark Suit With Chinese Car Maker

    As U.S. companies become increasingly focused on protecting their intellectual property rights in China, one of the most watched trademark and trade secrets disputes between an American company and a Chinese company has been settled.

  • November 21, 2005

    Amazon's "One-Click" Feature Prevails At Federal Circuit

    A patent attorney's invention that was purchased by a holding company and asserted against Amazon has been rejected by the Federal Circuit as invalid.

  • November 18, 2005

    Patent Victory Propels Corning's Life-Sciences Expansion

    Optical device maker Corning Inc has come out on top in a patent dispute over technology used to detect the presence of chemical, biochemical and biological substances in a sample, with a Delaware federal court ruling that rival SRU Biosystems infringed a Corning patent for the device.

  • November 18, 2005

    O2Micro Scores Another Victory In Patent Case

    Electronics power management company O2 Micro International has won another round in its litigation over AC/DC converter patents, this time against Tokyo based Sumida Corporation.

  • November 18, 2005

    Business Objects Broke Employee Contract: Federal Circuit

    Business software maker MicroStrategy Inc. has garnered a partial victory in its ongoing battle against rival Business Objects SA, with the Federal Circuit reversing a lower court’s ruling that had tossed out MicroStrategy’s employment agreement over intellectual property.

  • November 18, 2005

    Landmark Patent Case Appealed To Supreme Court

    A contentious battle over the Federal Circuit’s right to review claim construction on appeal may be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court, with embattled AWH Corp. seeking clarity on the issue that could reshape patent enforcement.

  • November 17, 2005

    Tech Giants Sued Over Cable Box Patent

    Some of the biggest names in electronics, including DirecTV, Echostar, Mitsubishi, JVC, Pioneer, and Sony, have been slapped with a lawsuit by a tiny Illinois company that alleges the technology giants infringed its patent for digital set-top box satellite receivers.

  • November 17, 2005

    Videoconferencing Patents Spur Another Suit

    Patents for internet videoconferencing have sparked another lawsuit, with California-based Polycom Industries alleging that British online communications company Codian Inc. ripped off five of its patents for the audio and video streaming technology.