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  • Merck committed to Cubist after patent losses Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    Merck remains committed to its $8.4 billion acquisition of Cubist Pharmaceuticals even though a federal court invalidated most of the patents protecting the company's top-selling antibiotic just hours after that deal was announced Monday. The court upheld one patent that would stave off a cheaper generic version of the drug from rival Hospira Inc. until...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 5- Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc filed two lawsuits on Friday against Arista Networks Inc, accusing the smaller rival of copying its networking technologies. Arista was formed by former Cisco employees, including Chief Development Officer Andreas Bechtolsheim, Chief Technology Officer Kenneth Duda, and Chief Executive Officer...

  • Sandoz loses bid to shield psoriasis drug Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:09 PM ET

    Dec 5- The top U.S. patent appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Sandoz Inc that sought to shield its planned version of Amgen Inc's psoriasis and arthritis drug Enbrel from patent lawsuits. Taranto only ruled that the lawsuit against Amgen was premature because Sandoz had not yet sought approval for the drug from the U.S. Food and Drug...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 5- Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc filed two lawsuits on Friday against smaller rival Arista Networks Inc, accusing it of copying Cisco's networking technologies. In the lawsuits, filed in a California district court, Cisco accused Arista of infringing on 14 patents related to networks and also infringing on related copyrights,...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 4- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd asked a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to toss out an order that it pay Apple Inc $930 million for infringing on iPhone patents to make its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. In this case, Samsung asked the court to throw out a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California which had...

  • Dec 4- The top U.S. patent appeals court has thrown out a $176 million award for healthcare company Covidien Plc in a dispute with a Johnson& Johnson subsidiary over surgical instruments. Judge Sharon Prost of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., ruled on Thursday that Covidien's patent claims, which involve surgical cutting tools...

  • Nov 26- Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc persuaded a federal judge to throw out a jury verdict ordering it to pay $105 million to Power Integrations Inc for willfully infringing two power generation patents, and will get a new trial on damages. But she said Power Integrations' damages expert testified at trial that he had not assessed what portion of...

  • *64 percent of e-cigarette patents come from China. Research by Thomson Reuters shows that China- with over 300 million smokers- is the front runner in the manufacture and development of so-called e-cigarette technology, while new versions being patented include a "pay as you go" computer-assisted device and others that can deliver caffeine instead.

  • Apple to pay $23.6 million for infringing patents Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:21 AM ET
    An Apple store in the China Central Mall in Beijing, China

    A jury has told Apple to pay a Texas company $23.6 million for using SkyTel pager technology in its devices without permission, Bloomberg reported.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has tightened supervision of patent examiners who work full-time from home, an official said on Tuesday, but critics in Congress questioned whether the office was not going far enough to curb abuse. The estimated 5,000 patent examiners who work from home full time must now be available electronically when...

  • The decision Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidating the patent owned by Ultramercial LLC confirmed the reach of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that has placed a cloud over the soundness of many software patents. CLS Bank, the Supreme Court ruled that a basic idea- not normally eligible for a patent- does not become...

  • *Nvidia sued Samsung, Qualcomm for patent infringement in Sept. SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 11- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has accused Nvidia Corp of infringing several of its chip-related patents and for making false claims about its products, counter-suing after Nvidia filed a suit against the Korean company in September. Samsung's lawsuit came after Nvidia accused...

  • Samsung fires back at Nvidia with chip patents lawsuit Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 8:40 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 11- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has accused Nvidia Corp of infringing several of its semiconductor-related patents and for making false claims about its products, counter-suing after Nvidia filed a lawsuit against the Korean company in September. The Asian electronics company also accuses Nvidia of false advertising when it says its "...

  • BERLIN, Nov 11- Germany and Britain will seek other countries' backing for a deal to ensure that tax breaks on profits generated from patented research apply only in the country where the research and innovation takes place. Germany has until now granted no "patent box" tax advantages and income from patents and licensed products is generally taxed, like...

  • BERLIN, Nov 11- Germany and Britain will seek other countries' backing for a deal to ensure that tax breaks on profits generated from patented research apply only in the country where the research and innovation takes place. Germany has until now granted no "patent box" tax advantages and income from patents and licensed products is generally taxed, like...

  • U.S. raises level of concern on Kuwait copyright laws Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 10- The United States on Monday moved Kuwait a notch higher in its list of countries to watch for potential breaches of U.S. patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights. Trade Representative said Kuwait had failed to introduce a copyright law in line with international standards and to properly protect copyright and trademarks.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 6- The controversial patent assertion company MPHJ Technology Investments has reached an agreement with U.S. authorities barring it from using phony legal threats to demand patent licensing fees from small businesses, the Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday. "A patent is not a license to engage in deception," said Jessica Rich, director of...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 6- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has for the first time taken action against a patent assertion entity under its consumer protection authority, the agency said on Thursday. The FTC said MPHJ Technology Investments LLC had agreed to settle charges that they used deceptive sales claims and phony legal threats in letters that accused...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- A Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate has brightened prospects for an effort to fight frivolous patent litigation, although the path to success is far from clear, sources close to the lobbying effort said on Wednesday. That legislation, backed by technology companies like Cisco Systems Inc and Google Inc, stalled in the Senate amid...

  • *Cipla says launched cheaper copy of Novartis drug in Delhi. *Cipla says Novartis not making enough drug for India. Cipla, India's fourth-largest drugmaker by revenue, said because there was an urgent but unmet need for the respiratory treatment in India it has started to sell a copy of the drug in Delhi priced at a fifth of the cost of Novartis's product.