• December 7, 2005

    Samsung Sues Matsushita Over Plasma Screen Patents

    Electronics makers Samsung and Matsushita will head to court over patents for plasma TVs after Samsung filed a suit accusing the Japanese rival of infringing three of its patents for plasma screen technology.

  • November 28, 2005

    Prosecutors Win Guilty Plea In Ahold-Related Case

    On the same day as Dutch retailer Royal Ahold NV settled a shareholder class-action suit for $1.1 billion, a sales manager at a Pennsylvania supermarket vendor pled guilty in Manhattan federal court to a conspiracy charge in connection with Ahold’s alleged multimillion-dollar accounting fraud.

  • November 28, 2005

    Attorney's Patented "Tax Shelter" Challenged Again

    A nationally-recognized tax attorney accused of patenting a tax avoidance scheme through inequitable conduct has been slapped once again with a preemptive lawsuit by a major insurance company.

  • November 11, 2005

    Firm Profile: Lateral Hires Boost Duane Morris IP Group

    Eager to brandish its coast-to-coast credentials in intellectual property litigation, Philadelphia’s Duane Morris is quickly building a national platform by hiring laterals from competing firms across the U.S.

  • November 10, 2005

    Hospital Chain Slapped With Class Action Suit

    Former executives of embattled hospital chain HCA Inc. are now not only the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, but also of a class action lawsuit alleging they made false statements to inflate the company's stock price.

  • November 8, 2005

    Attorney Patents 'Tax Scheme' To Target Insurance Giant

    A Pennsylvania attorney patented a tax avoidance scheme through inequitable conduct, according to insurance provider Travelers Life and Annuity Co., which filed a preemptive lawsuit the same day the patent was granted.

  • November 4, 2005

    Pfizer and Mylan Back To Court In Lengthy Dispute

    In the most recent development in a court battle that is poised to enter its fourth year, a district court judge denied both the Mylan’s and Pfizer’s requests for summary judgment, sending the drug companies back to court over the patents for $2.5 billion drug Norvasc.

  • November 4, 2005

    Supreme Court May Co-Opt Patent Reform

    The U.S. patent regime stands on the threshold of the most sweeping reforms in decades, intellectual property attorneys agree. But in a twist, the most dramatic changes will likely come not from Congress, but from the Supreme Court, where a buffet of patent lawsuits awaits consideration for appeal.

  • November 1, 2005

    Patent Attorney Appeals Case Over "Gross Negligence"

    A patent attorney, suspended from the USPTO for gross negligence, has appealed his case to the Federal Circuit more than ten years after allegations of misconduct triggered a drawn-out federal lawsuit.

  • October 31, 2005

    In Setback for Glaxo, U.K. Invalidates Paxil Patent

    The U.K. House of Lords has upheld a lower court’s decision to invalidate the patent for the key ingredient in GlaxoSmithKline’s Paxil, one of the world’s most widely prescribed antidepressants.

  • October 25, 2005

    Eye Care Rivals Face Threat From IP Holding Company

    Patent-holding company Rembrandt Vision Technologies LP is suing two eye-care companies for infringing a patent it controls through its intellectual property portfolio.

  • October 19, 2005

    Foley & Lardner Hires Top Entertainment Litigator

    Copyright and trademark litigator Carole E. Handler has left Thelein Reid to take over as vice chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group in Foley & Lardner’s Los Angeles office, Foley & Lardner said.

  • October 11, 2005

    CEO Owed Refco $430M; Class Action Suit Filed

    Futures broker Refco Inc. has placed chief executive Philip Bennett on probation after discovering he owed the company $430 million.

  • October 5, 2005

    Rite-Aid’s Former Top Lawyer Settles With SEC

    The Securities and Exchange Commission settled its accounting fraud case against Rite Aid Corporation’s former chief legal officer Franklin C. Brown, restricting his future employment opportunities and waiving monetary damages due to his dire financial straights.

  • October 5, 2005

    In Unusal Twist, Defendant Appeals Dismissal Of Biotech Patent Lawsuit

    In a surprising show of confidence, biotechnology-company Nucleonics Inc. will appeal last Friday’s dismissal of the case brought against it by Benitec Australia, vowing to fight for its day in court to invalidate the patent asserted by its rival.

  • October 3, 2005

    Only SEC Can Seek CEO Bonuses Under Sarbanes-Oxley, Federal Court Rules

    Only the Securities and Exchange Commission can take legal aim at bonuses received by corporate executives when an accounting scandal leads to a restatement of earnings, according to a much-watched interpretation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

  • September 15, 2005

    Senate Bill Would Revamp Trademark Law To Crack Down On Counterfeiting

    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has introduced a bill that would crack down on knock-offs and add mandatory destruction provisions to trademark law to fight counterfeiting of manufactured goods.

  • September 6, 2005

    Elan, Andrx Antitrust Battle Over Naproxen Deal Heads Back To District Court

    A federal appeals court has reinstated part of an antitrust challenge to a deal between Irish drug maker Elan and Skyepharma over a generic version of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Naprelan (naproxen sodium).

  • September 5, 2005

    Smith & Nephew Prevails Against Synthes In Medical Device Patent Suit

    United Kingdom-based Smith & Nephew Inc., a global medical device maker, prevailed in the first phase of its patent infringement trial with its Swiss rival Synthes Inc. in district court this week, over technology for aiding the healing of bone fractures.

  • August 24, 2005

    Makers Of Handheld Devices For Patients Settle Patent Suit

    Two makers of cutting-edge personal handhelds for patient monitoring have settled patent litigation leveled against eTrials Worldwide Inc. by PHT Corporation.