Mergers & Acquisitions

  • August 9, 2005

    Ocean Tomo Launches IP Private Equity Fund

    Merchant bank Ocean Tomo has launched an investment fund to provide private equity capital and mezzanine debt to companies with undervalued intellectual property rights, including patents and trademarks.

  • August 8, 2005

    Sheppard Mullin Hires Media, IP Litigator From Coudert Brothers

    Kevin Goering, a seasoned media litigator with extensive experience in intellectual property, has left Coudert Brothers in New York to join Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group.

  • July 28, 2005

    Teva-Ivax Merger Puts Spotlight On Authorized Generics

    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s $7.4 billion purchase of Ivax Corp. will once again propel the Israeli drug maker past Novartis as a leader in the $58-billion worldwide market for generic drugs. But the deal will force Teva to take a stand on the controversial practice of “authorized generics,” analysts say.

  • July 18, 2005

    Kelley Drye Hires Pillsbury IP Partner

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has hired Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman partner Steven J. Moore as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property group.

  • July 11, 2005

    Japan Firms To Merge To Create IP Powerhouse

    Japanese law firm City-Yuwa Partners will absorb Ohba, Ozaki & Shimasue, one of the country’s leading intellectual property boutiques, as part of an effort to create a legal powerhouse for IP and technology services.

  • May 25, 2005

    Buchanan Ingersoll Acquires IP Boutique Burns Doane

    With the acquisition of Virginia-based IP powerhouse Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis by legal behemoth Buchanan Ingersoll, yet another IP boutique has thrown in the towel in a legal market increasingly dominated by large general-practice firms.

  • May 17, 2005

    Hunton & Williams Taps Kenyon Partner To Lead IP Group In New York

    Hunton & Williams LLP has hired Estelle J. Tsevdos and Donna M. Praiss from Kenyon & Kenyon and has tapped Tsevdos to lead the firm’s intellectual property practice in New York.

  • May 12, 2005

    Delaware District Court Hears Sanofi-Aventis Trademark Suit Vs. Advancis Pharma

    A Delaware district court is hearing arguments this week in French drug giant Sanofi-Aventis’ trademark infringement lawsuit against upstart Advancis Pharmaceutical Corp.

  • May 12, 2005

    Baker Botts Eyed As Model For Growth In IP Area

    Amid strong growth in intellectual property practices at general-practice firms, many firms are looking to Baker Botts as a model for how to grow aggressively through acquisitions and lateral hiring.

  • May 10, 2005

    Skadden IP Group Takes Upstart Approach Despite Elite Reputation

    With a fondness for folksy adages, a focus on old fashioned teamwork and a healthy respect for the value of blowing off a little steam, Skadden sounds more like a scrappy upstart practice than the 1,700 attorney mega-firm it is.

  • April 21, 2005

    Pillsbury Names Pair To Head Merged IP Groups

    Newly merged Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has tapped William Atkins and Larry Gotts to head up the firm’s combined intellectual property department.

  • April 20, 2005

    Trade Groups Back Sweeping Reforms Of U.S. Patent System

    Industry representatives praised plans for sweeping reforms of the U.S. patent system at a hearing held Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • April 6, 2005

    Judge Orders Weyerhaeuser To Pay $458M For Spinning Off Patent Liability

    In a stinging rebuke to companies that try to divorce themselves from patent infringement liability, a bankruptcy judge in Atlanta has ordered Weyerhaeuser Co. to pay $458 million to a spin-off that inadvertently took over a diaper that infringed patents held by a rival.

  • March 25, 2005

    J&J Wins Jury Verdict Vs. Boston Scientific In Patent Suit Over Drug-Coated Stent

    Johnson & Johnson is emerging triumphantly from its patent litigation against its rivals in the highly lucrative market for drug-eluting stents, winning a second major victory this month in a jury verdict that could lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

  • March 18, 2005

    Troutman Sanders IP Chair Jumps To McGuireWoods

    William B. Marianes, who chaired Troutman Sanders’ intellectual property practice group for 15 years, has left the firm to join McGuireWoods LLP as a partner in Atlanta.

  • March 17, 2005

    Akamai Buys Speedera; Companies Settle Bitter Fight Over Patents, Trade Secrets

    Akamai Technologies has acquired rival Speedera Networks for $130 million in a deal that resolves the two companies’ bitterly fought patent and trade-secrets litigation, which had reportedly become prohibitively expensive.

  • March 14, 2005

    Medtronic Loses Another Jury Trial Over Stent Patents

    Fresh off its loss against rival Guidant in a patent dispute over drug-coated stents, medical device maker Medtronic said Monday it has lost another dispute against Johnson & Johnson Inc.’s Cordis Corp. in a Delaware jury retrial.

  • February 18, 2005

    Medtronic Infringes Guidant Stent Patents, Jury Finds

    In a decision that could lead to damages of up to hundreds of millions of dollars, a federal jury in Delaware has found that medical device maker Medtronic Inc. infringed rival Guidant Corp.'s patents for drug-coated stents.

  • February 18, 2005

    Conor Countersues Angiotech, Boston Scientific

    Medical device maker Conor Medsystems Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a U.K. court, seeking the revocation of a patent for stents coated with paclitaxel and a polymeric carrier.

  • February 15, 2005

    Pillsbury, Shaw Pittman Merger Creates IP Powerhouse

    The proposed merger between Pillsbury Winthrop LLP and Shaw Pittman LLP will create one of the largest intellectual property groups in the U.S. and give the combined firms a dominating position among general-practice firms in the Washington, DC area.