Intellectual Property

  • March 29, 2006

    GM To Face $1.4B Jury Trial In Trade Secrets Case

    In a potentially costly setback for General Motors Corp., a state supreme court has ruled the auto maker must face a new trial – this time with a jury – in the $1.4 billion trade secret lawsuit filed by an obscure inventor.

  • March 29, 2006

    WIPO Adopts Global Trademark Treaty In Singapore

    Marking what industry professionals say is a milestone in global trademark regulation, a new international treaty on trademarks has been adopted by a group of intellectual property rights experts and member states of the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization.

  • March 29, 2006

    In Paxil Fraud Scheme, Glaxo Pays The Price

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC will fork over $14 million to U.S. states in order to settle allegations that the drug giant forced government health plans to pay inflated prices for its widely-used antidepressant Paxil in a fraudulent scheme to block generic versions of the drug from being made.

  • March 28, 2006

    Chip Makers Settle Patent Row Over Lighting Devices

    Ending a patent dispute over lighting devices for computers and liquid crystal display screens, Microsemi Corp. and Monolithic Power Systems Inc. reached an amicable settlement Monday.

  • March 28, 2006

    Judge Refuses Boston Scientific Bid To Toss Jury Verdict

    A federal judge this week denied a bid by medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp. to overturn a jury verdict that its NIR stent - which is no longer on the market - infringes on a patent held by Johnson & Johnson.

  • March 28, 2006

    Reed Smith's IP Group: A True Blend

    After a string of mergers, integration has become the name of the game at international law firm Reed Smith LLP, with the firm’s intellectual property practice striving to fully embody that concept.

  • March 28, 2006

    Microsoft Waging IP Fight In Antitrust Battle With EC

    Microsoft will get the opportunity to argue before European regulators this week in an effort to stave off a hefty daily fine in what has become a highly-contentious and drawn out antitrust battle with the European Commission.

  • March 28, 2006

    Philips In 'Tying' Setback At Federal Circuit

    In a setback for U.S. Philips Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that patent misuse claims against the consumer electronics giant should be reconsidered in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent anti-tying decision in the Illinois Tool Works case.

  • March 28, 2006

    Despite Patent Attack, Schering Will Bring Yaz To U.S.

    German pharmaceutical company Schering AG will forge ahead with its U.S. launch of the oral contraceptive Yaz in spite of a patent infringement suit brought against the company this week by its U.K. competitor, Warner Chilcott PLC.

  • March 27, 2006

    Two Apples Get Ready For Trademark Face-Off

    The much-anticipated trademark suit between Apple Computer and recording company Apple Corps, set to begin in a London courtroom this week, has sparked sky-high settlement predictions, and has some experts pointing to the case as an example of technology outpacing legal instruments.

  • March 27, 2006

    Size Does Matter In Erectile Dysfunction Case

    Reversing an earlier decision, a federal judge in Houston has dismissed a lawsuit brought by patent-holding company Neutrino Development Corp. against ultrasound maker Sonosite, Inc., tossing out a long-standing battle over a device used to treat erectile dysfunction.

  • March 27, 2006

    Survey Shows Massive Royalty Underreporting

    The vast majority of patent licensing agreements lead to underreported royalties worth billions of dollars, a survey of royalty streams conducted by a data research group has shown. According to the researchers, pinpointing the problem early could save a lot of time and money wasted on litigation.

  • March 27, 2006

    In Setback For Masimo, Judge Tosses $420M Award

    In a turnaround for Tyco International Ltd., a federal judge has vacated a jury’s $420 million award and ordered a new trial in an antitrust suit brought against industrial conglomerate by Masimo Corp. over alleged market manipulation of pulse oximetry products.

  • March 27, 2006

    Plavix Deal Triggers Antitrust Lawsuit

    Days after reaching a settlement in the Plavix patent war, Apotex Inc., French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis and U.S. partner Bristol-Myers Squibb are now facing a new antitrust lawsuit from supermarket operator Kroger Co. over the blockbuster stroke medication.

  • March 24, 2006

    ITC Launches Investigation Of Circuit Developer

    Linear Technology Corp., an integrated circuit maker, said that the International Trade Commission is investigating its claims that Advanced Analogic Technology Inc. has infringed on some of its patents.

  • March 24, 2006

    Toshiba Wins Against Hynix in Tokyo Chip Suit

    Toshiba emerged victorious in one of its lawsuits against South Korean rival Hynix Semiconductor over patents for flash memory chips in the Tokyo District Court on Friday.

  • March 24, 2006

    Trial Looms In e-Plus, SAP Patent Spat

    Nearly a year after filing suit, ePlus Inc. will finally get its day in court against German-based software manufacturer SAP AG, as the patent infringement lawsuit over electronic procurement systems heads to trial on Tuesday.

  • March 23, 2006

    Toyota Throws Another Punch In Hybrid Feud

    Japanese automaker Toyota is striking back at a small transmission company that sued the auto giant last year in Germany for hybrid transmission design patent infringement, this week initiating a countersuit against Antonov Automotive Technology BV in a Japanese court.

  • March 23, 2006

    Supreme Court Faceoff Nears For eBay, MercExchange

    The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear a pivotal patent case against online auctioneer eBay Inc. which will set new standards for the use of damaging permanent injunctions and what kinds of companies are entitled to them.

  • March 24, 2006

    Trademark Specialist Fross Zelnick Flies Solo

    Like most experienced intellectual property practitioners, attorneys at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. have tried their fair share of cases in the pharmaceutical and financial services industries. Just don’t try to tell them you collect Mophead dolls.