Provisional patent applications have taken on increased significance in recent years and can be a savvy business move and help inventors stake a claim to an invention, but if not done right, provisionals can leave applicants with no protections or, worse yet, undermine their patents down the road.
The University of California topped the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s list of top university patent recipients in 2004, a position the state’s public university system has held for more than a decade.
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has been officially named as chairman of a new Senate Judiciary subcommittee on intellectual property issues, a position he is expected to use as a platform for introducing generic biologics legislation.
The European Commission is taking Belgium, Finland and Sweden to the European Court of Justice because of their failure to implement the 2001 Copyright Directive.
U.S. chip designer Rambus, Inc. and German chipmaker Infineon have settled their long-standing patent disputes in a licensing deal under which Infineon will make payments of up to $100 million.
William B. Marianes, who chaired Troutman Sanders’ intellectual property practice group for 15 years, has left the firm to join McGuireWoods LLP as a partner in Atlanta.
In a sign that the U.S. and the European Union are beginning to take divergent approaches to trademark rights for online search results, Google’s French subsidiary has lost an appeal against a court ruling against its controversial “AdWords” program.
In a setback for the Gillette Company, the European Court of Justice has given the green light to a Finnish company to market its razor blades as compatible with Gillette’s trademarked “Sensor” razor.
A Delaware jury has found that direct-sales cosmetics company Mary Kay infringed patents held by TriStrata Technology, Inc. for a wrinkle treatment and ordered it to pay $26.4 million plus interest to the NeoStrata Co. subsidiary.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has hired a five-member team led by the head of Manatt Phelps & Phillips’ New York and East Coast litigation group to beef up its media and entertainment litigation department.
Akamai Technologies has acquired rival Speedera Networks for $130 million in a deal that resolves the two companies’ bitterly fought patent and trade-secrets litigation, which had reportedly become prohibitively expensive.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has decided largely in favor of MercExchange in its patent infringement lawsuit against eBay, a decision that is likely to force eBay to settle the case or face a permanent injunction that could shut down its servers.
A Washington D.C. appeals court has asked a coalition of library and consumer groups for evidence they have legal standing in their challenge to antipiracy technology imposed by the Federal Communications Commission.
Canada’s Research In Motion Ltd has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve NTP Inc.’s patent lawsuit over its Blackberry wireless devices.
Existing European rules on geographical indications are discriminatory, the World Trade Organization has ruled in a clear-cut victory for the U.S. and Australia.
Raising the specter of compulsory licensing, Brazil's government health ministry has given U.S. drug makers Abbot Laboratories, Merck & Co. and Gilead Sciences Inc. until April 4 to agree on a schedule to transfer technology for the production of some of their AIDS drugs.
A federal jury in New York has returned a verdict in favor of Sears Petroleum and Sears Ecological Applications on all counts in a patent suit against agricultural conglomerate Cargill, Inc. over a technology for road salting.
The Silicon Valley office of McDermott Will & Emery is continuing to poach attorneys from rival Cooley Godward’s Palo Alto office, which has lost at least four intellectual property attorneys so far this year.
Intellectual property partner John Hankins has relocated to take the helm at McDermott Will & Emery’s San Diego office as part of an effort to expand the firm’s presence in the local market.
Yitai Hu, who recently left Finnegan, Henderson’s Taiwanese outpost to help Shaw Pittman launch its own office in Taipei, has jumped ship again with five other Shaw Pittman attorneys to assist Texas-based law firm Akin Gump in gaining a presence in the Taiwanese market.
White & Case LLP’s Silicon Valley office has snatched two more high-profile intellectual property partners from rival firm Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe.