Intellectual Property

  • August 27, 2004

    High-Tech Fuels Surge In Asian Patent Filings

    A surge in patent filings by consumer electronics companies such as Sony, Matsushita and Samsung is fueling a dramatic rise in Asian international patent applications, statistics from the World Intellectual Property Organization reveal.

  • August 27, 2004

    India To Allow Patenting Of Embedded Software

    In a major victory for India’s burgeoning software industry, the country’s government is planning to allow software patents under limited conditions as part of a major overhaul of the country’s patent system.

  • August 27, 2004

    Genesis Signs Licensing Deals With Samsung, Tovis After ITC Win

    Chipmaker Genesis Microchip has penned licensing deals with Samsung Electronics and Tovis Co. in the wake of its victory at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in a dispute over a patent for liquid crystal display (LCD) controllers.

  • August 27, 2004

    High-Tech Industry Asks Senate To Soften "Induce" Copyright Bill

    A coalition of U.S. high-tech companies has asked lawmakers to consider a watered-down alternative to the controversial Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act.

  • August 27, 2004

    Judge Invalidates Ormco Patents In Suit Over Clear Braces

    A federal court has declared Ormco Corp.’s patents for teeth straightening invalid, throwing out the company’s lawsuit against rival Align Technology, Inc.

  • August 25, 2004

    India Mulls Special Courts For IP Cases

    India is considering the creation of a special court for intellectual property cases, according to a government official.

  • August 25, 2004

    Taiwan Passes Stricter Copyright Law

    Taiwan’s legislature has passed a beefed-up version of the Copyright Law, imposing heavy penalties including prison terms for infringers.

  • August 25, 2004

    InterVideo Sues Acer Over Device Integration Patent

    California-based DVD software maker InterVideo Inc has sued computer maker Acer Inc., accusing the Taiwanese company of infringing on patents related to integrating computer and electronic device functions.

  • August 25, 2004

    Allergan Sues Alcon Over Alphagan Patent

    Allergan, Inc. has sued Alcon, Inc. for patent infringement over its plans to make a generic version of its Alphagan eye drops.

  • August 25, 2004

    Adidas Sues Ralph Lauren Over Three-Stripes Trademark

    German footwear and athletic-gear maker Adidas Salomon AG has sued Ralph Lauren Corp. for trademark infringement, accusing the U.S. fashion label’s Polo line of copying its famous three-striped logo.

  • August 25, 2004

    Federal Circuit Partially Upholds Verdict In Case Over Tail-Light Moldings

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has partially upheld a lower court’s verdict in a case about a technique used to mold plastic tail light lenses on more than 30 different Japanese cars sold in the U.S.

  • August 26, 2004

    Kilpatrick Stockton Hires Simmons IP Heads In London, New York

    In a double whammy seen as a big boon for Kilpatrick Stockton’s international aspirations, the 470-attorney firm has hired both the London and New York heads of intellectual property at U.K.-based powerhouse Simmons & Simmons.

  • August 26, 2004

    Agfa Guilty Of Inequitable Conduct, Judge Rules

    A federal judge has declared six Agfa Corp. patents unenforceable due to inequitable conduct, entering a judgment in favor of defendant Creo Inc. in a dispute over printing technology.

  • August 26, 2004

    j2 Global Sues Rival Over Online Messaging Patent

    Online fax and messaging provider j2 Global Communications, Inc. has sued rival CallWave, Inc. over a patent for storing, delivering and managing phone and fax messages over the internet.

  • August 26, 2004

    Billboard Posting Qualifies As "Printed Publication," Federal Circuit Rules

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office acted appropriately in rejecting a patent application because a description of the invention was posted at a billboard at a public meeting a year earlier, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has determined.

  • August 26, 2004

    E.U. Orders Probe Into Microsoft-Time Warner Deal On Anti-Piracy Software

    Antitrust regulators with the European Union have ordered an in-depth investigation into a deal between Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc. to collaborate on a project to make anti-piracy software.

  • August 26, 2004

    Canon Buys Candescent's Flat-Panel Patent Portfolio

    In a sign of the rising value of intellectual property in the fast-growing market for flat-panel displays, Canon Inc. has agreed to pay 1.3 billion yen ($11.8 million) for Candescent Technologies’ patent portfolio, according to news reports.

  • August 24, 2004

    Michigan State To Offer LLM In IP Law

    Michigan State University has established a master’s program in intellectual property and communications law, one of less than twenty such programs in the U.S.

  • August 24, 2004

    Benitec Settles Suit Vs. Genscript Over RNAi Patent

    Australian biotech company Benitec Ltd. has settled its U.S. patent infringement case against rival Genscript over gene silencing technologies, just two weeks after it settled its suit against Ambion under similar terms.

  • August 24, 2004

    Judge Dismisses Promega's Suit Vs. Roche In Long-Standing Patent Dispute

    A federal court has once again dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Promega Corp. against Roche and Applied Biosystems, which alleged that the companies committed fraud against the U.S. government, Roche said.