• January 27, 2004

    Patriot Scientific Seeks Multi-District Transfer For Chip Patent Suits

    Patriot Scientific Corp., which is suing some of the world’s top chip makers over patents for semiconductor clock speeds, has filed a motion for a multi-district transfer to consolidate its pre-trial proceedings against Sony, NEC, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and Matsushita.

  • January 28, 2004

    Federal Circuit Denies Rehearing In Soitec, CEA Suit Vs. SiGen

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied a petition for a rehearing from French chip equipment maker Soitec and the French research organization CEA to overturn the jury verdict that invalidated the major claims of Soitec's primary "Smart-Cut” patent.

  • January 27, 2004

    NeoMedia Expands Patent Suit Over Scanning Technology

    NeoMedia has expanded its patent lawsuit over a technology that allows customers in its stores to scan CDs and DVDs to get information on the internet, such as movie previews and video art.

  • January 26, 2004

    Analog Devices Wins Injunction Vs. Chinese Company In India

    A Delhi High Court has granted Analog Devices an injunction barring an Indian firm from distributing chips made by Shanghai Belling Co., a Chinese semiconductor maker.

  • January 25, 2004

    AOL, Playboy Settle Trademark Dispute

    America Online settled a trademark dispute with Playboy Enterprises Inc. on Thursday, just days after a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Playboy’s lawsuit.

  • January 23, 2004

    India Readies Optical Media Law

    India is preparing legislation to curb optical disk piracy with measures to require licensing of disk makers and tracking codes on every disk.

  • January 22, 2004

    Judge Denies Summary Judgment In Software Synchronization Suit

    A U.S. district judge has denied Pumatech’s motion for summary judgment on Extended Systems’ inequitable conduct defense in the lawsuit between the rival makers of synchronization software.

  • January 21, 2004

    International Rectifier And Hitachi/Renesas Settle Chip Patent Suits

    Hitachi Ltd. and Renesas Technology Corp. have settled all outstanding litigation in the U.S. and Japan with International Rectifier Corp. over patents for power-management chips, the companies said Wednesday.

  • January 22, 2004

    RIAA Sues 532 "John Does" Over Music Piracy

    In a change of tactics in the music industry’s campaign against online piracy, the Recording Industry Association of America said Wednesday it had filed four separate suits against 532 individuals identified only as "John Doe."

  • January 22, 2004

    Google Case Could Clarify Internet Trademark Law

    IP lawyers are eyeing a California lawsuit that could clarify the extent to which internet search results can be linked to queries for trademarked terms.

  • January 23, 2004

    8x8 Sues Sony Ericsson Over Compression Technology

    Videophone maker 8x8 has sued a joint venture between Japan’s Sony and Sweden’s Ericsson in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas over patents for compression technology used in Sony Ericsson’s popular camera phones.

  • January 20, 2004

    Judge Denies Compuware Request for Preliminary Injunction Vs. IBM

    A U.S. District Judge has denied Compuware’s request for a preliminary injunction to bar IBM from selling software that the Michigan software maker says infringes its copyrights and is based on stolen trade secrets.

  • January 21, 2004

    E-Data Settles Lawsuit Vs. Microsoft, Others Over Download Patent

    A small New York company has settled a lawsuit against Microsoft, HMV and other companies over a European patent for music downloading onto tangible devices.

  • January 20, 2004

    LCD Patent Lawsuits Target Fast-Growing Market

    With sales of flat-panel monitors and television sets soaring in North America and Europe, the top makers have become entrenched in a legal battle for patent rights to the technology.

  • January 19, 2004

    AMD, Intergraph In Dispute Over Chip Patents

    Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices is taking rival Intergraph to court in the Northern District of California over five patents at the heart of an earlier $300 million settlement with Intel.

  • January 15, 2004

    Court Denies Injunction to Shut Down Bond Market In Patent Suit

    In a case that pits the world's largest bond traders against each other over alleged patent infringement, the Delaware District Court refused to shut down an electronic market place for U.S. Treasuries.

  • January 16, 2004

    American Express Sued Over Clear Card Patent

    An Illinois printing company has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against American Express over payment cards made with clear plastic.

  • January 16, 2004

    USPTO Rules In Favor of Geron In Patent Interference Over Cloning

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has ruled in favor of Geron in a patent interference proceeding between Geron and Infigen over an animal cloning technology that led to the cloning of Dolly the sheep.

  • January 14, 2004

    3M Sues InFocus Over Patent For Rear Projection TVs

    Two subsidiaries of 3M filed a lawsuit against InFocus Corp. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota last week, alleging that a television light engine produced by InFocus infringes a 3M patent.

  • January 14, 2004

    Canada Industry Groups Challenge Copyright Ruling

    Canadian industry groups representing retailers, electronics makers and recording companies have filed separate court appeals to reverse a Copyright Board decision that imposed a piracy levy on digital audio recorders.