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.
November 5, 2002 |
Cable television set-top box maker Scientific-Atlanta Inc. on Monday said a Georgia federal court has thrown out some patent infringement claims against it made by Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. Atlanta-based Scientific-Atlanta said the court ruled that the firm's Explorer 3000 and 8600x set-top boxes do not infringe two patents held by Gemstar, which makes interactive television-programming guides.
June 29, 1997
Odetics Inc. said a federal appeals court ruled in its favor in a patent suit against Storage Technology Corp. Odetics said Friday the appeals court overturned a lower court's decision that its patents for library pass-through ports were not infringed by Storage Technology, based in Louisville, Colo. The appeals court remanded the case for consideration of infringement, Odetics said.
November 18, 2008 |
Spansion Inc. wants to block U.S. sales of iPods, BlackBerrys and other devices because memory chips made by Samsung Electronics Co. in those products allegedly violate Spansion patents. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Spansion, the world's No. 3 maker of flash memory chips by revenue, sued South Korea's Samsung on Monday.
August 17, 2007 |
Nokia, the world's biggest mobile-phone maker, filed a U.S. trade complaint Thursday against San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc., the latest in a fight between the two over royalties for chips that run cellphones. The complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission, relates to patents for "wireless communication chips and chip sets," according to the commission's website. A public version of the complaint was not available.
October 13, 1999 |
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block inventors from patenting mathematical algorithms, leaving intact a powerful new legal tool for software developers, financial services companies and technology-based companies. For the second time this year, the justices rejected an appeal arguing that math formulas don't deserve the legal protection available for other innovative products and processes. The high court decision lets AT&T Corp.