April 8, 2000 |
A federal judge struck down Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. patents on cancer drug Taxol, ruling in favor of generic drug makers who want to produce their own versions of the medication. Taxol is the second-biggest-selling drug for Bristol-Myers Squibb with $1.5 billion in sales worldwide, but the ruling affects the estimated $1 billion in U.S. sales. As part of the ruling filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., the parties have agreed to an expedited appeal of the judgment.
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February 11, 1993 |
A trial over who owns the name Valencia began Wednesday in U.S. District Court, with the Santa Clarita Valley's largest developer charging a neighboring builder of copyright infringement. The Newhall Land & Farming Co. alleges that G.H. Palmer and Associates illegally used the name of the ancient Spanish town in 1984, when they opened their Valencia Village Apartments.
December 4, 2000 |
Today's story is brought to you by the letter "C." C for the Change taking place at Sesame Workshop, the parent of "Sesame Street." And for the Competition in children's television that is fueling that change. More than three decades ago, Sesame Workshop, then known as Children's Television Workshop, revolutionized TV for preschoolers with its curriculum-based, commercial-free PBS show that used Jim Henson's lovable Muppets to make learning numbers and letters fun.
December 29, 1999 |
A DVD industry group said Tuesday it has filed suit against dozens of Web site operators for allegedly posting a DVD copying program that the group says is illegal and could destroy the fast-growing new format. At the heart of the complaint is a program written by a Norwegian programmer that foils the encryption that prevents DVDs, or digital videodiscs, from being copied.
June 24, 2000 |
Major recording labels, including BMG Music, Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and Warner Bros. Records, sued MP3Board Inc. Friday to prevent its Web site from linking users to pirated music on the Internet. The copyright infringement suit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, comes three weeks after Warner and BMG settled a copyright suit with online music company MP3.com Inc., which uses the MP3 technology to store and transmit music over the Internet. The two companies are not connected.
August 1, 2000 |
Motorola Inc. said it filed lawsuits in federal courts in several states, including California, to stop the sale of its radio-service software on the online auction Web site EBay. The radio software is a computer program used with IBM-compatible computers to program Motorola's two-way radios. Motorola licenses the software to its partners and customers on a restricted basis.
August 18, 2000 |
In a big win for the entertainment industry, a federal judge ruled Thursday that it was illegal for a Web site publisher to either post, or link to, the software code that breaks the electronic locks on DVDs. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan said this closely watched test case about copyright law and digital media should send a message that using the Internet to copy music and films is "stealing."
October 31, 2000 |
Rank Group's Hard Rock Cafe International unit is suing Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., a retailer of teenage clothing, for selling merchandise under the "Hard Rap Cafe" label. Rank's Hard Rock has invested more than $50 million in promotions featuring its trademarked logos on merchandise that includes hats, sweatshirts and key chains, the company claims. Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts "have achieved a unique cult-like aura and popularity," Hard Rock contends in its lawsuit, filed last week in U.S.
October 15, 1987 |
A Texas firm that owns exclusive U.S. rights to the Corona trademark for marketing everything but the beer itself said it has obtained a court order to halt other companies from using the trendy blue and yellow logo. Los Angeles attorney Joseph A. Yanny said in a prepared statement that he has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles on behalf of Procermex Inc., of San Antonio to keep other companies from selling clothes bearing the popular Mexican beer's logo. Earlier this month, U.S.
February 22, 2001 |
Part of the Napster story is indeed about keeping digitized material--in this case, music--from being stolen. But it's also about a well-funded campaign by big business to maximize profits by curtailing consumer rights. Corporations want to earn as much as they can from their intellectual property by turning all our entertainment--print, music, video--into pay-per-view.