Intellectual Property

  • January 7, 2004

    Macrovision Sues 321 Studios Over DVD Copying System

    Santa Clara, Calif.-based Macrovision Corp. sued 321 Studios over its DVD copying system, claiming the software infringes its patented copy protection technology and violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

  • January 5, 2004

    TiVo sues EchoStar over DVR patent

    Digital video recorder company TiVo has filed a patent infringement suit against EchoStar Communications, a satellite TV service provider, over set-top boxes that record television programming onto a built-in hard drive.

  • January 5, 2004

    Lowrie, Lando Names Partner and Hires of Counsel

    Boston intellectual property boutique Lowrie, Lando and Anastasi, LLP promoted Robert A. Skrivanek, Jr., to partner and hired Keith F. Noe as of counsel.

  • January 5, 2004

    Charles Schill Joins Steptoe & Johnson as Partner

    Seasoned international trade and intellectual property attorney Charles Schill has joined national law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP's Washington office as a partner.

  • January 5, 2004

    Purdue's Patents for Oxycontin Invalidated

    A U.S. District Court judge in Manhattan invalidated Purdue Pharma’s patents protecting the controversial and widely abused pain killer Oxycontin, clearing the way for drug maker Endo Pharmaceuticals to sell a generic version.

  • January 6, 2004

    Asics Sues Payless ShoeSource Over Athletic Shoes

    Japan’s Asics Corp. has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Central California against discount shoe seller Payless ShoeSource Inc. for trademark infringement, unfair competition, trademark dilution and false advertising.

  • January 4, 2004

    Prominent IP Attorney Steven Bazerman Dies at 63

    Steven H. Bazerman, who co-founded the intellectual property law firm Bazerman & Drangel and was instrumental in developing the current notion of trade dress, has passed away in New York.

  • January 5, 2004

    Drop in Online Music Piracy Seen Validating RIAA Strategy

    In a sign that the U.S. music industry’s aggressive legal strategy is working, online music piracy plummeted in the second half of 2003, a new survey shows.

  • January 2, 2004

    Glaxo Settles Patent Suit Over Paxil

    GlaxoSmithKline has settled a lawsuit against Synthon Pharmaceuticals, clearing the way for generic drug maker to immediately start selling Pexeva, its competitor to the U.K. pharmaceutical giant’s antidepressant Paxil.

  • January 2, 2004

    Piper Rudnick Eyes IP Acquisitions in 2004

    National law firm acquires San Francisco’s media specialist Steinhart & Falconer and looks for other targets for planned expansion of IP practice.

  • January 2, 2004

    French Government Agency Sues Chi Mei Over LCD Patents

    A French government agency for atomic energy has filed a patent lawsuit over flat-screen displays against Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp, Taiwan's second-largest maker of computer display screens.

  • January 5, 2004

    Appeals Court Dismisses Injunction Vs. eVisa

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dismissed Visa International’s motion for an injunction against the use of the domain name eVisa, citing a recent case before the Supreme Court.

  • January 5, 2004

    Court Rules for Allergan in Suit Vs. Apotex Over Acular

    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled in favor of Allergan and Syntex in their patent infringement suit against Canadian generic drug maker Apotex and Novex Pharma over Allergan's non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Acular.

  • January 8, 2004

    Eckert Seamans to Staff Up IP Practice After Alcoa Win

    Mid-Atlantic law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott expects to expand its Pittsburgh intellectual property practice group after winning aluminum giant Alcoa’s IP business last year.

  • January 2, 2004

    Medicare Act Reforms Hatch-Waxman Procedures

    The act signed into law last month modifies the U.S. approval process for generic drugs in several important ways, intellectual property attorneys say.

  • December 30, 2003

    Cholestech, Roche Settle on Cholesterol Kit

    California-based maker of blood testing products will pay $7 million to Roche Diagnostics to settle litigation over patents related to measuring HDL cholesterol.

  • December 30, 2003

    Reed Smith Acquires IP Boutique

    International law firm Reed Smith has acquired Shanks & Herbert, a seven-year-old intellectual property firm that specializes in chemical, pharmaceutical and software intellectual property issues.

  • December 30, 2003

    Glaxo Sues Dr. Reddy's Over Generic Imitrex

    Glaxo sues over Dr. Reddy's ANDA filing for generic version of migraine drug with global sales of $1.2 billion last year.

  • December 30, 2003

    Shire Sues IMPAX Over ANDA for Adderall Generic

    Legal action follows Shire's lawsuit against Barr Laboratories over plans to market generic version of top-selling drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.

  • December 29, 2003

    Federal Circuit Rules for Pfizer in Suit Vs. Ranbaxy

    The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upholds a preliminary injunction barring India’s Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals from marketing a generic version of Pfizer's Vantin antibiotic.