Intellectual Property

  • April 3, 2006

    Ceasefire Called In Electronic Check Patent Dispute

    Ending an array of patent disputes, Canadian payment processor LML Payment Systems Inc. has reached a settlement with rivals First Data Corp., Electronic Clearing House Inc. and Nova Information Systems Inc. in the battle over systems that convert paper checks into electronic transactions.

  • April 3, 2006

    Acacia Wins Settlement From Boston Scientific

    Medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp. has ended its legal row with patent holding company Acacia Research Corp., joining other defendants in settling a contentious lawsuit over multi-dimensional bar code systems.

  • April 3, 2006

    Seagate And Cornice Agree To End Hostilities

    Laying down their swords, disk-drive makers Seagate Technology and Cornice Inc. have finalized a settlement, putting to end their long-standing patent dispute over tiny disk drives.

  • March 31, 2006

    Judge Tosses Out Patent Suit Against Mattel

    Years of legal wrangling has finally come to an end, as a federal court has thrown out a patent infringement lawsuit brought by LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. against the toy maker Mattel Inc. and its Fisher-Price unit.

  • March 31, 2006

    Key Wireless Technology At Issue In Court Ruling

    In a verdict that could have ripple effects throughout the wireless industry, a jury this week found that private wireless technology company PadCom’s patents covering mobile technology are valid, and that NetMotion’s Mobility software product infringes on those patents.

  • March 31, 2006

    Entertainment Industry Looks To Katten For IP Help

    While many firms have built their intellectual property groups on patent litigation, Katten Muchin Rosenman has relied on the strength of its trademark and copyright practices and its portfolio of entertainment industry clients to drive the firm’s expanding IP presence.

  • March 31, 2006

    Gateway Punished For Alleged Evidence Destruction

    A patent trial between Gateway Inc. and a former IBM engineer has yet to begin, but a federal judge has already slapped Gateway computer giant with sanctions amid allegations the company intentionally destroyed critical evidence in the case.

  • March 31, 2006

    Authorized Generics Under Scrutiny By The FTC

    With the debate over authorized generics heating up in recent months, this week’s move by the Federal Trade Commission to determine whether the practice violates anticompetitive guidelines could have wide-ranging effects on the pharmaceutical industry, experts say.

  • March 30, 2006

    Court Freezes Micron’s Claims Against Rambus

    In a blow to Micron Technology Inc., a federal judge has halted the semiconductor maker’s fresh lawsuit against Rambus Inc., though the rivals’ bitter patent infringement war promises to rage on.

  • March 30, 2006

    Cablevision Tests Boundaries Of Copyright Law

    A popular cable provider is pushing the limits of copyright law by launching a service that stores viewer-recorded programs on the company’s own network servers, something experts predict may not be ‘fair use’ and could become a pivotal case in the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • March 30, 2006

    Holland & Knight Appoints New IP Head

    Drawing from the firm’s own ranks, Holland & Knight LLP has plucked Joshua Krumholz, the head of its patent litigation team, to serve as the overall leader for the firm’s growing IP practice.

  • March 30, 2006

    Drug Industry Faces Vast Antitrust Probe

    As part of a wide probe into anticompetitive practices in the prescription drug industry, the Federal Trade Commission will subpoena nearly 200 pharmaceutical companies to determine whether they are stifling competition by releasing authorized generics of brand-name drugs to stave off generic challengers made by competitors.

  • March 30, 2006

    Qualcomm Files Third Suit Against Broadcom

    Communications company Qualcomm, which has been trading lawsuits in venues across the United States with rival Broadcom, has launched another round of litigation against the company, filing a new complaint alleging patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation.

  • March 30, 2006

    eBay Cheers As PTO Slams MercExchange Patent

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has given a boost to eBay Inc.’s argument at the U.S. Supreme Court by confirming an earlier reexamination decision that a patent asserted against the online retailer never should have been issued.

  • March 29, 2006

    Supreme Court Hearing Casts Shadow On eBay

    Online auctioneer eBay Inc. may be feeling the heat after its much-anticipated apperance at the U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up Wednesday, with many analysts predicting the Court would refrain from weakening the use of permanent injunctions as a result of eBay’s appeal.

  • March 29, 2006

    Medtronic Suffers Fresh Defeat In Stent Dispute

    Hot off its arbitration win against Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic Inc. has been hit with a bucket of cold water, after a federal judge denied the medical device maker’s request for a new trial this week in a separate dispute over stent products.

  • 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.