(HP) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against EMC. Through this lawsuit HP has
targeted seven separate features in EMCs Symmetrix, Clariion and TimeFinder
products. HP is seeking monetary damages for infringement as well as an injunction
prohibiting EMC from selling the specific named products.
||The AIDS Access
Foundation and two individuals living with HIV-AIDs are trying to force pharmaceutical
giant BristolMyers Squibb Co to withdraw the patent on one of its anti-AIDS drug
after a landmark court decision against the firm. Thailands Intellectual Property
Court had ruled that Bristol-Myers only has the exclusive right to produce the drug
didanosine in certain doses, enabling other parties to make it in different quantities.
Court in New Jersey has ruled against Dr Reddys Laboratories and other generic drug
makers in a patent infringement case over the antibiotic Cipro. Several drugmakers, led by
Schien Pharmaceutical Inc, Myland Laboratories and Dr Reddys US subsidiary, Reddy
Cheminor Inc, had challenged the validity of Bayers patent on Cipro expiring in
December 2003. Due to this ruling, Dr Reddys Laboratories would be unable to launch
its antibiotic drug ciprofloxacin until December 9, 2003.
(Ahuja's Patent & Trademark
News, Vol 5 No. 2)
Shuji Nakamura while working in a company called Nichia Corporation had invented blue LEDs
and obtained patents for them. Because of this invention the sales of Nichia quadrupled.
The inventor then filed suit against the company for his share. However, the Tokyo
District Court ruled in favour of Nichia as the invention had been done while the inventor
was an employee of the company. Mr Nakamura was awarded a bonus of just 20,000 yen
although he was expecting larger gains as his invention had raised the profit levels of
the company to a large extent.
||The Delhi high
Court has restrained Aggarwal Dresses and other small companies in the Gandhinagar area of
Delhi from selling goods with the Nike mark. Nike had alleged that the
defendants were not only infringing their trademark and copyright, they were also trying
to pass off their goods as those of Nike International.
||In a copyright
infringement lawsuit between Microsoft and Able System Development (a computer retailer),
the judge has ordered the latter to pay Microsoft the equivalent of $ 4.5 million in
damages for the retailers unlicensed use of the companys products. Able System
Development, a licensed Microsoft retailer, had illegally preloaded unlicensed copies of
the Office and Windows programs onto computers it sold between 1996 and 1998.