Intellectual Property

  • October 29, 2004

    RIAA Sues 750 More Alleged Music Pirates

    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has sued an additional 750 alleged file sharers across the U.S. for copyright infringement, including alleged music pirates on 13 university campuses.

  • October 29, 2004

    Futures Exchanges Face Patent Threat

    Software vendor Trading Technologies has rattled the futures markets with its claim of patent rights to a system for reducing the time it takes to trade electronically, seeking a license that would levy a fee on every transaction.

  • October 29, 2004

    Glaxo Wins First Battle In Fight Against Reimportation Of Patented Drugs

    In a victory for GlaxoSmithKline PLC, a legal adviser at the European Court of Justice has ruled that branded drug makers should be allowed to restrict supplies of patented drugs to counter reimportation arbitrage.

  • October 29, 2004

    Fuji Loses Lawsuit Over Digital Camera Patents

    A small intellectual property consulting firm in Michigan has won a $3 million judgment against Fuji Photo Film Co. over digital-camera patents, just weeks after the company won $35 million from Canon in a dispute over the same patents.

  • October 27, 2004

    Ethypharm Sues Bentley Over Trade Secrets

    French drug-delivery company Ethypharm S.A. has sued Bentley Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in the U.S. for misappropriation of unspecified alleged trade secrets in connection with the manufacture of omeprazole.

  • October 27, 2004

    FDA Calls For Uniform Name For Biogenerics

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ruled out “biogenerics” as a name for generic versions of biotech drugs and will require that any official term for the class of drugs includes the word “protein,” according to a published report.

  • October 27, 2004

    Immersion Sues Electro Source Over Technology In $82M Judgment Vs. Sony

    Computer peripheral maker Immersion Corp. has filed a lawsuit against rival Electro Source over the technology at the center of the company’s $82 million judgment against Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp.

  • October 27, 2004

    Flamel Withdraws Lawsuit Vs. Novo Nordisk

    French drug maker Flamel Technologies SA has withdrawn its federal lawsuit against Danish rival Novo Nordisk over claims that Novo improperly used information from Flamel to file patent applications in the U.S.

  • October 27, 2004

    Intellectual Property Disputes Hold Up U.S.-Australian Free Trade Agreement

    Lingering disagreements over intellectual property issues are likely to stall the implementation of the free-trade agreement between Australia and the U.S., originally set to come into effect in January.

  • October 28, 2004

    Financial Firms Eye Prospects, Pitfalls In IP

    Wall Street is stepping up efforts to cash in on IP and defend itself against a growing threat of infringement assertions.

  • October 28, 2004

    USPTO Grants Trade Dress Protection To Classic Furniture Designs

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted trade dress protection to the Knoll furniture company for replicas of classic modern furniture, including signature pieces such as Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chair.

  • October 26, 2004

    Foundry To Pay $35M To Settle Nortel Patent Dispute

    California-based computer equipment maker Foundry Networks has agreed to pay $35 million as part of a four-year licensing deal with Canadian rival Nortel Networks to settle the patent litigation between the two companies.

  • October 26, 2004

    Microsoft Lawyers Face Japanese Antitrust Panel In Dispute Over Patent Non-Assertion Clause

    Microsoft lawyers have told a panel of the Japanese Fair Trade Commission that the software maker has dropped a provision in its licensing agreement that bars competitors from filing patent infringement lawsuits against the company, but argued that the clause is proper and widely accepted.

  • October 26, 2004

    Canadian Branded Drug Makers Miss R&D Target

    Canadian branded drug makers are spending less on research and development than they pledged to under a deal to get passage of stricter patent laws more than a decade ago, a new survey has found.

  • October 26, 2004

    Setback For Lexmark In Closely Watched DMCA Case

    In a decision with wide implications for interpretations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a federal appeals court has vacated an injunction that barred Static Control Components from making or selling computer chips that match remanufactured toner cartridges to Lexmark International printers.

  • October 25, 2004

    Trial Opens In Australian Music Copyright Suit

    A Sydney court has begun hearing oral arguments in what the music industry calls a “landmark lawsuit” against “one of the world’s largest copyright infringers.”

  • October 25, 2004

    Japan Bill Would Clear Way For IP Securitization

    Japan will allow the securitization of intellectual property and support an insurance scheme for exports of intellectual property under a government proposal submitted to the Diet.

  • October 25, 2004

    Agilent Expands Patent Suit Vs. PixArt Over Optical-Mouse Sensors

    A federal court has granted Agilent Technologies Inc’s motion to add two patents to the pending patent infringement lawsuit against PixArt Imaging Inc. over its optical mouse sensor technology.

  • October 25, 2004

    India Government Unveils Details Of Patent Regime Overhaul

    The government panel in charge of drafting the legal overhaul of India’s patent system has wrapped up its work, making recommendations on contentious issues such as patent opposition and compulsory licensing.

  • October 25, 2004

    Electronic Check Patent Suit Scheduled For April 2006 Trial

    Canadian payment processor LML Patent Corp.’s patent infringement lawsuit against four rivals over systems that convert paper checks into electronic transactions has been scheduled for an April 2006 trial, the company said.