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  • February 21, 2006

    Federal Circuit Clarifies Willful Infringement

    A decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has further clarified the 2004 Knorr-Bremse ruling, which marked significant changes to willful infringement law over adverse jury inferences and failure to obtain counsel.

  • February 17, 2006

    Enron To Fork Over $134M For Workers, Retirees

    Enron Corp.’s workers and retirees will receive approximately $134 million under the defunct energy company’s settlement of government and employee claims, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.

  • February 17, 2006

    Medtronic Targeted In New Lawsuit By Scientist

    Yet another scientist has accused medical device maker Medtronic Inc. of abusing intellectual property rights, the latest in a series of lawsuits filed against the company after it agreed to pay $1.4 billion to a Los Angeles surgeon last year.

  • February 17, 2006

    Fast-Growing Kilpatrick Ranks Among Top IP Practices

    With a century-old patent litigation practice ranked as the fastest-growing in the U.S. in our February 2006 IP Law360 survey, Kilpatrick Stockton depends on “home-grown” cooperative teams of IP professionals as its historical practice continues to expand.

  • February 17, 2006

    Nike Sues Adidas Over Footwear Cushioning Patent

    Sportswear maker Nike Inc. has sued Adidas-Salomon AG for patent infringement, claiming its German rival ripped off a unique footwear cushioning system based on automotive bumper technology.

  • February 15, 2006

    S&P: Calpine’s Bid To Toss Contracts Looks "Murky"

    Calpine Corp.’s recent attempts to scrap contracts signed before its bankruptcy may undermine bondholders' ability to recover their money from the power producer, according to a report released by Standard & Poor's this week.

  • February 14, 2006

    Rival Abandons Bid To Fight P&G In Trade Dress Suit

    Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co. won a settlement Tuesday from rival McLane Company Inc. after suing the distributor for alleged trade dress infringement and unfair competition.

  • February 13, 2006

    Acacia Unit Secures License in Fresh Tech Patent Suit

    Aggressively forging ahead with efforts to license its numerous technology patent portfolios, Acacia Research Corp. has locked a Georgia company into a license agreement for a patent covering scheduling and managing resource technology in resource-dependent markets.

  • February 13, 2006

    Enron Defense Wraps Cross-Examination of 1st Witness

    After a lengthy day filled with audio and video recordings, the defense has finally completed its cross-examination of the government’s first witness in the fraud and conspiracy trial of Enron’s tarnished top executives, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling

  • February 8, 2006

    Broadcom Blocked From Going After Rival Over Bluetooth

    A federal court in California has enjoined Broadcom Corp. from pursuing a pair of patent infringement claims related to Bluetooth technology that the company has tried to assert against rival wireless communications developer Qualcomm Inc.

  • February 8, 2006

    Calpine Creditors Ask Court To Ban Speculative Trading

    Fearing potential repercussions, creditors of Calpine Corp. have asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to ensure that rules are in place to prevent the bankrupt independent power producer from engaging in speculative energy trading.

  • February 7, 2006

    Chip Maker Ordered To Pay $112M in Patent Suit

    A California maker of communication chips has been ordered to pay $112 million in damages to Texas Instruments for infringing patents of a technology for connecting to the internet. But the setback is only the first part of complicated litigation that also includes an antitrust phase, which could well reverse the final outcome.

  • February 7, 2006

    Fish & Richardson Ranked #1 In Patent Litigation Survey

    Routing the competition, Fish & Richardson was by far the most in-demand patent litigation firm last year, according to our survey of the 100 most frequently hired litigation practices in the United States.

  • February 7, 2006

    Enron Defense Presses For Specifics

    A day after breaking down on a Houston stand, Enron’s former head of investor relations presented a slightly steelier front on Tuesday while being grilled by defense attorneys over his assertion that CEO Jeffery Skilling fudged quarterly earnings at least twice and lied about his knowledge of various asset sales.

  • February 6, 2006

    Calpine Pulls Out Of Two Contracts For Plant Leases

    In another attempt to toss out contracts signed before its bankruptcy, power producer Calpine Corp. has moved to reject lease agreements at two power plants in Maine and Rhode Island.

  • February 6, 2006

    Defense Begins Cross-Examination In Enron Case

    After a brief respite due to Friday’s recess, the Enron trial resumed in Houston on Monday, with defense attorneys wasting no time attacking the credibility of the energy giant’s former head of investor relations.

  • February 6, 2006

    McDermott Hooks Arnold & Porter's IP Head

    In the latest addition to the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, McDermott Will & Emery has hired IP veteran Joel Freed of Arnold & Porter LLP to lend a further boost to the firm’s growing intellectual property group.

  • February 3, 2006

    Skadden Ranked #1 In Bankruptcy Litigation Survey

    In a year marked by some of the biggest bankruptcies in history, Skadden Arps, Reed Smith and DLA Piper Rudnick led the way with their involvement in practically every headline-grabbing case in 2005, according to our survey of the 100 most frequently hired bankruptcy groups in the United States.

  • February 3, 2006

    Airline Bankruptcies Cause Airport Woes

    Delta Airlines and Boston’s Logan Airport continue to tussle over what to do with Delta’s underused $500 million terminal, a fight that spotlights the effects of airline bankruptcies on the country’s airports.

  • February 2, 2006

    JPEG Patent Holder Back On The Hook

    In a decision likely to please many of the world’s largest technology companies, a controversial patent covering JPEG image technology will be reexamined by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.