Financial companies are leading the rush to file patents for tools and products based on blockchain, the ledger technology underlying bitcoin, and a wave of litigation could be on the horizon. Here is what intellectual property attorneys need to know about the patent landscape for the increasingly popular tech.
In a patent settlement that has taken many observers by surprise, drug maker Mylan Laboratories Inc. will receive nearly $38 million from German rival Schwarz Pharma AG to end the companies’ litigation over heartburn medicine Prilosec.
Mylan Laboratories Inc. has sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for delaying introduction of the company's generic version of Johnson & Johnson’s Duragesic pain-relief skin patch.
L.L. Bean has settled out of court with two advertisers it accused of infringing on its copyright by serving pop-up ads on its website.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has agreed to reexamine a controversial financial account patent at the center of a lawsuit filed against online broker Ameritrade Holding Corporation and retailer Federated Department Stores.
Computer peripheral maker Kensington has been awarded $4.1 million by a federal jury after winning a patent infringement suit against rival Belkin over notebook security locks.
A new Senate bill with broad bipartisan support would expand copyright protection to outlaw popular online file-trading networks such as Kazaa and Morpheus.
A German court has found Bio-Rad Laboratories and MJ Research in infringement of a patent held by rival Applera and barred the defendants from manufacturing and marketing the associated genetic equipment.
Hard disk maker Seagate Technology has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against rival Cornice.
Canadian broadband wireless company Wi-LAN has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Cisco System over wireless router technology.
A coalition of influential technology companies has launched a lobbying effort to revise a key part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Japan and the European Union have penned an agreement to strengthen their cooperation to protect intellectual property rights in Asia.
A U.S. district court has found that Raytek infringes two Omega Engineering patents for infrared thermometers and has awarded Omega damages of $8 million.
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a database publisher, accusing the rival of copying its own mass spectral database.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that European Union regulators can be given access to sealed documents in Intergraph’s patent lawsuit against Intel.
Symantec Corp. has been awarded a $3.2 million judgment as part of a settlement of its lawsuit against Papa B Enterprises, Inc., which had been accused of selling counterfeit Symantec software, the network security software company said.
Tiffany & Co. has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against eBay, accusing the on-line auction site of facilitating the sale of fake Tiffany products that potentially harmed the famous New York jeweler's reputation.
The European Union has rejected Anheuser-Busch’s 1996 “community trademark” application for its Budweiser brand, dealing the world’s largest brewer a setback in its century-old battle over the beer brand.
Japanese pharmaceutical and brewing company Kirin Brewery has settled its litigation against Geron Corp. over development rights to cancer vaccines.
Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment plans to appeal a Nevada court’s decision to grant rival Station Casinos, Inc. motion for summary judgment in Harrah’s patent lawsuit over customer recognition technology.
Sony’s digital video recorders infringe a patent held by Command Audio Corp., a U.S. District Court has ruled.