• April 25, 2005

    SanDisk Expands Patent Litigation Vs. STMicroelectronics

    Flash-memory drive maker SanDisk Corp. has expanded its patent lawsuit against rival STMicroelectronics with a federal complaint in Texas, targeting a technology widely used in mobile phones.

  • 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 21, 2005

    Forgent Sues Microsoft Over JPEG Patent

    Forgent Networks has sued Microsoft for infringing a patent for JPEG digital image compression, just days after Microsoft filed a declaratory-action lawsuit against Forgent subsidiary Compression Labs in a preemptive strike.

  • 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 19, 2005

    Family Copyright Bill Headed For President's Signature

    A new copyright bill is headed for the President’s signature after both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives passed the measure, which would crack down on piracy and permit technologies that allow users to skip “objectionable” content in movies.

  • April 19, 2005

    Acacia Sues Intel, Texas Instruments Over Chip Design Patent

    A company known for the aggressive way in which it enforces its portfolio of high-tech patents has sued Intel Corp. and Texas Instruments Corp. over a chip design patent.

  • April 17, 2005

    House Panel Would Overhaul U.S. Patent System

    A committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has drafted a proposal for a radical overhaul of U.S. patent law, including the establishment of post-grant opposition procedures and the abolition of increased damages based on willful infringement.

  • April 15, 2005

    Universal Instruments Prevails In Patent Suit Over Printed Circuit Boards

    A Texas federal court has ruled in favor of Universal Instruments in a patent lawsuit brought by two inventors of a technology used in manufacturing printed circuit boards that are part of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.

  • April 15, 2005

    Tessera Adds Anti-Trust Claims To Patent Suit Vs. Infineon, Micron

    Chip packaging company Tessera Technologies Inc. has amended its patent infringement suit against Infineon Technologies AG and Micron Technology Inc. to include what it claims are violations of antitrust law and illegal business interference.

  • April 7, 2005

    Mosaid Slaps Infineon With Another Patent Suit Over Chip Technology

    Canadian chip maker Mosaid Technologies Inc. has filed another patent lawsuit against German rival Infineon Technologies AG in a Texas federal court, just days after facing a major setback in a separate lawsuit against the same company in New Jersey.

  • April 6, 2005

    Finisar Sues DirecTV Over Patent For Programming Guides

    Optical network equipment maker Finisar Corp. has sued satellite television provider DirecTV Group Inc. for infringing a patent for an information-transmission system used in electronic programming guides.

  • April 6, 2005

    Jenkens & Gilchrist IP Group Suffers Further Defections

    Baker & McKenzie has hired a team of seasoned intellectual property attorneys for its Washington and Houston offices from Jenkens & Gilchrist, months after Kelley Drye poached two of Jenkens’ senior partners to start a new patent practice.

  • March 31, 2005

    Judge Rejects Antitrust Challenge To Hatch-Waxman Settlement

    In a move that marks a trend toward a legal stamp of approval for settlements between brand-name drug makers and their generic competitors, a federal court in New York has rejected an antitrust challenge to Barr Pharmaceuticals’ 1997 settlement with Bayer Corp. of patent litigation related to the antibiotic Cipro.

  • March 25, 2005

    Texas Court Orders Circuit City To Stop Using RadioShack Brand In Canada

    In a summary judgment for U.S. electronics retailer RadioShack, a Texas federal court has ordered Circuit City Stores Inc. to stop using the RadioShack brand name on InterTan Inc. stores it purchased in Canada last year.

  • March 23, 2005

    Ericsson Sues Sendo Over GSM, GPRS Patents

    Swedish handset maker LM Ericsson has sued U.K.-based mobile phone company Sendo in three countries for patent infringement.

  • March 23, 2005

    University of Texas Sues Phone Makers Over Text Messaging Patent

    The University of Texas has filed a patent lawsuit against 14 mobile telecommunications equipment makers, claiming that they infringe a university professor’s invention that lets users type in words recognized by their handsets when they send text messages.

  • March 18, 2005

    University of California Tops Patent List Again

    The University of California topped the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s list of top university patent recipients in 2004, a position the state’s public university system has held for more than a decade.

  • March 15, 2005

    Shaw Pittman IP Team Joins Akin Gump To Launch Taiwan Office

    Yitai Hu, who recently left Finnegan, Henderson’s Taiwanese outpost to help Shaw Pittman launch its own office in Taipei, has jumped ship again with five other Shaw Pittman attorneys to assist Texas-based law firm Akin Gump in gaining a presence in the Taiwanese market.

  • March 11, 2005

    Judge Clears TiVo Patent Suit Vs. EchoStar

    A federal court has denied motions by satellite television provider EchoStar to dismiss digital video recording company TiVo Inc.’s lawsuit over patents for set-top boxes that record television programming onto a built-in hard drive.

  • March 16, 2005

    Three More Paul Hastings IP Attorneys Quit San Diego Office

    Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP has hired three intellectual property shareholders for the firm’s San Diego office from Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.