Sprint Nextel, the US mobile network operator, has filed a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) patent infringement suit against Vonage Holdings, the internet telephony group, and two other companies. The action, filed in Kansas, cites..
Shire Pharmaceuticals is suing the Israeli company Teva Pharmaceuticals. It claims that Teva has infringed its patents in the deficit disorder drug Adderall XR. The action is being brought in Pennsylvania.
▪ Shire has confirmed that..
A new police unit, dedicated to combating film piracy and the criminal networks sustaining the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit film products, has been launched by the Met’s Economic and Specialist Crime Command. It was..
The dispute between NTP and Research in Motion, which makes the BlackBerry device (see last month’s lead item) has been settled. RIM reached a US$612.5m ‘full and final settlement’
to end the five-year legal dispute...
A US company appears to have become the first company to have been sued for patent infringement by a claimant from mainland China. Shenzhen’s Netac Technology has started proceedings against Parsippany, New Jersey, for an..
A Cumbrian man has been ordered to repay more than £59,000 and pay £7,500 in costs, after admitting film and music piracy charges. Peter Rumney, from Workington, ran a counterfeiting operation which included making pirate..
Nike has filed a patent infringement suit against Adidas-Salomon, claiming that a number of its rival’s trainers copy its technology.
Nike said the Adidas shoes in question infringed its ‘SHOX cushioning’
patents and is demanding damages..
Microsoft is to send out teams of investigators over the next few months to crack down on software piracy. It will work with trading standards bodies to prosecute individuals selling illegal copies of its Windows..
A Canadian film-maker, Gregory Colbert, has set up the Animal Copyright Foundation. From the beginning of 2007, the Foundation hopes to ‘collect 1% of a media buy, including print, broadcast and internet, that uses animals’
The Patent Office has said that it is concerned that too many ‘trivial’ patents are being granted. It is considering toughening the criteria that innovations have to meet in order to gain patent protection.
Patents (Convention Countries) Order 2006 (SI 2006 No 315)
Copyright and Performances (Application to Other Countries) Order 2006 (SI 2006 No 316)
Designs (Convention Countries) Order 2006 (SI 2006 No 317)
Plant Breeders’ Rights (Naming and Fees) Regulations..
The US Patent and Trademark Office lists the following as the top 10 US patent recipients for 2005 (the 1995 rankings are in brackets):
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on enabling the least developed countries to meet the economic, administrative and legal challenges of making use of..
Consumers International has claimed that poor countries are being wrongly advised to enact tougher copyright laws than are required by international treaties, thus making access to copyright publications prohibitively costly.
The body, which links more than..
MasterCigars Direct, a tobacco importer, has said that it will appeal after losing a High Court action over the import of Cuban cigars. It lost its case against Hunters and Frankau, which regards itself as..