June 13, 2007 |
Callaway Golf Co., maker of Top-Flite and Ben Hogan-brand golf equipment, sued Fortune Brands Inc.'s Acushnet Co., claiming it infringed five patents for golf clubs. Carlsbad, Calif.-based Callaway alleged that some of Acushnet's Titleist and Cobra brand drivers used "breakthrough" inventions patented since 2002, according to a lawsuit filed June 8 in federal court in Wilmington, Del. Clarkson Hine, a spokesman for Deerfield, Ill.-based Fortune Brands, didn't return calls seeking comment.
April 5, 2008 |
Microsoft Corp. must pay $368 million to Alcatel-Lucent, the world's largest supplier of telecommunications equipment, after a jury found Alcatel's patents were infringed. Alcatel-Lucent had asked for about $1.75 billion from Microsoft and Dell Inc. after claiming that four of its patents were violated. The verdict was handed up by a federal court jury in San Diego.
May 8, 2013 |
It took a lot of time, funding and the work of countless individual researchers to create the world's first bionic eye, which gives some sight back to the blind. How long? Well, the IBM ThinkPad (remember those?) was the world's hottest laptop computer when Second Sight Medical Products Inc. was doing some of its earliest work. Second Sight has a bank of those ThinkPad's in its offices, still dutifully plugging away on data related to the 20-year, $200-million effort to create the eye. It also took a stunning amount of patents, both in the U.S. and overseas, to protect all of the proprietary information involved in the creation of the $100,000 eye. The eye is formally called the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System.
May 11, 1998 |
Cortex learned the hard way about the importance of patents. When the Irvine company started a decade ago, its founding scientists from UC Irvine figured they would reap some commercial benefits from their research findings by developing a smell test for diagnosing patients with Alzheimer's disease. Trouble was, the research was widely published and nobody had bothered to patent the findings, so that project died.
July 18, 2000 |
Qualcomm Inc. shares rose 11% after the company said authorities in Japan and Europe upheld three key patents on its mobile-phone technology. Qualcomm rose $6.75 on Nasdaq to close at $69.81. The company said its patents withstood a challenge by Nokia, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. and other companies that are supporting a new rival version of the cell-phone standard developed by Qualcomm.
April 21, 1999
Commerce Secretary Bill Daley today will unveil an Internet database with text and images of 2 million patents and more than 1 million registered and pending trademarks. The searchable database is at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site at http://www.uspto.gov.
October 4, 2008 |
Amgen Inc. of Thousand Oaks won a court ruling blocking Roche Holding from selling the anemia drug Mircera in the U.S. because it infringes Amgen patents. U.S. District Judge William Young in Boston issued an order repeating his tentative findings from a February hearing.
July 27, 2002 |
As expected, a federal judge in North Carolina on Friday dismissed the rest of a patent infringement lawsuit Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. and SuperGuide Corp. had brought against EchoStar Communications Corp., EchoStar announced. U.S. District Judge Lacy H. Thornburg previously granted EchoStar's motion to dismiss most of the suit, which contended that Littleton, Colo.-based EchoStar violated three of SuperGuide's patents for on-screen program guides for satellite TV services.