Intellectual Property

  • November 5, 2004

    Congress Could End USPTO Fund Diversion In Lame-Duck Session

    The U.S. Congress may consider a bill that would end the diversion of funds from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office when the legislature convenes for a post-election "lame-duck" session on November 16, according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

  • November 5, 2004

    Copyright Suit Seeks Demolition Of Trump Resort

    An architect who claims Donald Trump’s company stole his unique design for a hotel complex has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the real-estate developer, seeking to demolish a resort currently under construction.

  • November 3, 2004

    Cendant Sues Amazon.com Over Business Method Patent

    Cendant Corp., the world’s largest real-estate and travel-services company, has filed a federal lawsuit against online retailer Amazon.com Inc., claiming that Amazon’s "recommendations" feature infringes on a Cendant business method patent.

  • November 3, 2004

    U.S. Movie Industry Plans Legal Onslaught Against Online File Sharers

    U.S. movie studios are expected to file a series of copyright infringement lawsuits on Thursday against computer users they say are illegally distributing films online, in a move that closely resembles the strategy employed by the recording industry.

  • November 4, 2004

    Nokia Sues Spanish, French Rivals Over Patented GSM, GPRS Technology

    In one of the first moves of the company’s new licensing unit, Finnish mobile handset maker Nokia Corp. has filed patent infringement lawsuits against two rivals, Sagem of France and Vitelcom of Spain, over GSM and GPRS technologies.

  • November 4, 2004

    In Escalating Patent Dispute, South Korea Launches Probe Of Panasonic Plasma TVs

    In a marked escalation of the patent dispute between two giant Japanese and South Korean electronics makers, a Korean government agency has agreed to launch an investigation into Panasonic Korea for its alleged infringement of patents for plasma display panel technology.

  • November 4, 2004

    E.U. Mulls Compulsory Licensing System For Drugs

    Taking a cue from Canada, the European Commission has proposed a Europe-wide system for compulsory licensing that would allow generic drug makers to make patented medicines for export to developing countries.

  • November 5, 2004

    Texas Patent Suit Targets High-Tech Big Guns

    A series of little-noticed patent lawsuits involving the world’s top technology companies and some of the most preeminent intellectual property practices in the U.S. is steadily moving its way through a Texas federal court.

  • November 2, 2004

    Picasso's Heirs Battle DaimlerChrysler's "Picaro" Car

    The estate of Pablo Picasso has vowed to take its opposition to DaimlerChrysler’s planned new “Picaro” model all the way to the European Court of Justice.

  • November 3, 2004

    LG Countersues Matsushita In Dispute Over Plasma Patents

    A patent dispute between Japanese and South Korean electronics makers over plasma displays took a turn for the worse on Wednesday, with a new series of countersuits and a diplomatic intervention.

  • November 2, 2004

    Mintz Levin Expands London IP Group

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, LLP has hired an intellectual property partner in London as part of a European expansion of its IP practice.

  • November 2, 2004

    Cisco Sued Over Router Technology Patents

    A small intellectual property holding company in Florida has sued computer-networking equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. in federal court, alleging that Cisco infringed on patents for routing technology.

  • November 2, 2004

    Merchant & Gould Staffs Up In Minneapolis

    Minnesota-based Merchant & Gould P.C., one of the largest intellectual property specialty firms in the U.S., is continuing to expand its staff following the termination of merger talks with Alexandria -based Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis, L.L.P.

  • November 2, 2004

    InterVideo, Acer Settle Lawsuit Over DVD Patents

    California-based DVD software maker InterVideo Inc has settled a lawsuit that accused Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. of infringing on patents related to integrating computer and electronic device functions.

  • November 3, 2004

    Verizon, Nextel Settle Trademark Dispute Over "Push-To-Talk"

    In an agreement that took many observers by surprise, mobile telecommunications operators Verizon Wireless and Nextel Communications Inc. have settled a 15-month legal dispute the right to the “push-to-talk” trademark.

  • November 1, 2004

    Beverage Container Makers Settle Patent Suit For $25M

    Continental PET Technologies has agreed to pay $25.1 million to settle a patent infringement lawsuit brought by food and beverage container maker Constar International Inc. over oxygen barrier technology.

  • November 1, 2004

    Matsushita Sues LG Electronics Over Flat-Panel Displays

    In a possible revival of the bitterly fought Japanese-Korean trade spat over flat-panel displays, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. has filed a patent infringement suit seeking to block imports and sales of displays made by South Korean rival LG Electronics Inc.

  • November 1, 2004

    Marvel Sues Disney Again Over Spider-Man Royalties

    Comic book publisher Marvel Enterprises Inc. has filed another lawsuit against entertainment giant Walt Disney Co. as part of a copyright dispute over the ownership of cartoon characters including Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and X-Men.

  • November 1, 2004

    Japan Policy Panel Stalls On Drug Patents

    A policy panel that is preparing a planned overhaul of Japan’s intellectual property laws has yet to decide on the patentability of new uses for existing drugs and medical devices, according to local media.

  • October 29, 2004

    Brand-Name Drug Makers Blame Patent Expirations For Depressed Profits

    Weaker earnings among many of the world’s top drug makers have raised questions about the blockbuster drug model, as the industry faces an ominous wave of patent expirations over the next few years.