Intellectual Property

  • July 28, 2006

    Samsung Loses Bid For Rambus To Pay Attorney Fees

    Delivering a blow to Samsung, a Virginia judge has rejected the Korean electronics maker’s request that Rambus Inc. pick up the tab for its attorneys' fees, despite the chip maker's “unclean hands” in the long-simmering semiconductor patent case.

  • July 28, 2006

    Small Firms Face Royalty Leakage And Portfolio Woes

    More than one third of small high-tech companies surveyed in 2005 failed to receive all revenue due from their licensing agreements during the past year, according to a recent report.

  • July 28, 2006

    Rambus Accepts Slashed Jury Award

    Faced with the choice of accepting a $133.6 million jury award—an amount the judge slashed by $174 million—or risking a new trial, Rambus Inc. took the safer route.

  • July 27, 2006

    Fed. Circuit Upholds Ruling In Cell Phone Dispute

    A U.S. Appeals Court upheld a lower court decision Wednesday that will allow Sony Ericsson to continue marketing two different cell phones.

  • July 27, 2006

    DOJ Launches Criminal Probe Into Plavix Deal

    Federal prosecutors are taking aim at a deal involving the hotly-contested heart drug Plavix, launching a criminal investigation of a proposed settlement between Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Sanofi-Aventis and Apotex Inc.

  • July 27, 2006

    Kazaa Buries Hatchet With Music Industry For $100M

    In a bid to become a legal download service, Internet file-sharing network Kazaa said this week it will shell out more than $100 million in a global out-of-court settlement with a slew of record companies, bringing to an end to its long-running feud with the music and entertainment industry.

  • July 27, 2006

    J&J Unit Takes On Wyeth's Effexor In Patent Suit

    A pharmaceutical unit of health care giant Johnson & Johnson has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against U.S. rival Wyeth over the drug-delivery system used in Wyeth’s popular antidepressant Effexor XR.

  • July 27, 2006

    Abbott Wins Antitrust Challenge Over HIV Drug Cocktail

    When patent owners raise prices and make combination products more expensive in the process, they cannot be sued for monopoly leveraging under U.S. antitrust laws, according to a ruling Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

  • July 27, 2006

    Matsushita Brings Patent Suit Against DVD Maker

    Japanese electronics giant Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has hit a Taiwanese rival with a patent infringement suit, alleging the optical disc maker’s DVD discs violated its patents.

  • July 26, 2006

    Judge Tosses Patent Case Against Stryker

    Under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for alleged price-fixing, Stryker Corp. received a piece of good news this week when it won a summary judgment decision dismissing a patent infringement lawsuit brought against it by Luma Corp.

  • July 26, 2006

    Korea Pushes Drug-Pricing Law

    With South Korea and the United States still tussling over trade agreements for pharmaceuticals, South Korea intends to forge ahead with drug-pricing legislation that could have a substantial material impact on U.S. drug sales in Korea.

  • July 26, 2006

    FTC To Use “In Camera” Record In Rambus Case

    Exhibits and testimony offered behind closed doors may soon be made public in the ongoing antitrust litigation between semiconductor maker Rambus and several other chip makers.

  • July 26, 2006

    Mosaid Swings Back At Micron In DRAM Patent Suit

    Semiconductor company Mosaid Technologies Inc. shot off a countersuit against rival Micron Technology Inc. Tuesday just hours after Micron announced its own lawsuit seeking the invalidation of 14 Mosaid patents.

  • July 26, 2006

    Invitrogen Gets Biotech Patent Win In Jury Trial

    A long-running biotech patent infringement lawsuit between life science companies Invitrogen Corp. and Stratagene Corp. over a patent involving a process of creating competent E. coli cells was brought to a close by a Texas jury’s ruling on Tuesday.

  • July 26, 2006

    Tyco Sticks Applied Medical With Fresh Patent Suit

    Tyco International Ltd.’s health care unit has jabbed longtime competitor Applied Medical Resources Corp. with a patent infringement suit, alleging it violated Tyco’s patents for medical devices used in minimally invasive surgery.

  • July 26, 2006

    Suit Over Semiconductor Wafers Settled

    Entegris Inc. and Miraial Co. Ltd. have struck a deal ending a yearlong patent infringement suit that centered on technology used to protect the fragile wafers used to manufacture microchips.

  • July 28, 2006

    Universities, Hospitals Join Patent Litigation Bonanza

    Not long ago, it was nearly unheard of for universities or hospitals to litigate patent cases. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles did not even file a patent application in its first 80 years of existence. But times have changed.

  • July 27, 2006

    "Rocket Docket" Bill Passes House Markup

    Legislation creating so-called “Rocket Dockets” to speed up patent cases and reduce reversal rates on appeal eased through a Congressional markup Thursday after concerns about possible forum shopping were addressed.

  • July 26, 2006

    Trademark Holders' Rights Over Sublicensees Confirmed

    Owners of trademarks and related publicity rights are chalking up another victory after a federal appeals court ruled recently that licensees couldn’t assign those rights to third parties without the licensor’s express permission.

  • July 25, 2006

    USPTO Bottleneck Stalls Nanotech Industry: Report

    A bottleneck at the USPTO is stunting growth in IP for nanotechnology, creating an air of uncertainty about what’s expected to be a wave of patent litigation in the industry.