Biotech firms fear US court's DNA ruling

The US Supreme Court ruled that Myriad Genetics Inc. cannot patent the BRCA genes, which are tested to check a woman's risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Photo: AP

The court ruled that Myriad Genetics, which sells expensive tests for the genetic markers for cancer, could not claim patents on the DNA it identified in the 1990s to develop the tests.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:07am

Apple infringes Samsung patent on older iPhones and iPads, says US agency

A Samsung Galaxy S3 (left) and Apple iPhone 4. Apple was found to infringe on a patent that relates to 3G wireless technology. Photo: Reuters

A US trade body found the Silicon Valley giant had infringed on a patent owned by the South Korean company and slapped a ban on the sale of certain older iPhone and iPad models sold by AT&T

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Apple wins patent case against Google

Apple wins patent case against Google

The International Trade Commission upheld a judge's findings that the Motorola Mobility patent was invalid, although it gave different reasons. The patent covers a sensor that prevents the phone from accidentally hanging up or activating an application when close to a person's face.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:48am

Drug patent war is costing lives

Novartis has threatened to not release new drugs in India as a result of the Supreme Court's decision in its seven-year case. Photo: EPA

The hundreds of millions of people who suffer from chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes are mostly unaware that a drug war is raging over the medications that can save their lives. A recent appeals court ruling in India that turned down a patent bid by the Swiss pharmaceutical behemoth Novartis was the latest shot and it was in their favour.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:01am

Novartis drug ruling shows up the failures of capitalism

Ranjit Shahani, managing director of Novartis India. Photo: EPA

One cheer for India: its Supreme Court stayed on the right side this week when it refused to grant a new patent to Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis for an updated, or tweaked, version of its leukaemia treatment drug Glivec.

6 Apr 2013 - 5:41am 1 comment

Novartis drug ruling a victory for patients

A man buys cancer drug Glivec at a pharmacy in a government-run hospital. Photo: Reuters

Rightly seen as the outcome of a battle between "patients and profits", the Indian Supreme Court's ruling on Monday against Novartis' demand for a patent for its leukaemia drug Glivec has been hailed as a victory for cancer patients.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:17am

Huawei, ZTE team up against common foe in patents dispute

Huawei and ZTE are joining forces against InterDigital.

Huawei Technologies and ZTE may be opponents in a series of 4G technology patent disputes in European courts, but China's two biggest telecommunications equipment manufacturers have closed ranks to fight intellectual property cases against them.

2 Apr 2013 - 5:14am

Europe's highest court to review Huawei-ZTE patent-infringement dispute

Huawei now has to wait for a decision by the Court of Justice.

The patents dispute between Huawei Technologies and ZTE, the mainland's two largest telecommunications equipment manufacturers, is set to be reviewed by Europe's highest court. The Dusseldorf Regional Court has referred several questions concerning the application of EU competition law related to one of the patent-infringement cases lodged by Huawei against ZTE over 4G technology to the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:05am

German court dismisses two Nokia patent infringement claims against HTC

A German court had dismissed two patent infringement complaints brought against HTC by Nokia.

Taiwan's top smartphone maker HTC said yesterday that a German court had dismissed two patent infringement complaints brought against it by Finnish phone giant Nokia.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Judge slashes Samsung damages to Apple by US$450 million

Apple accused Samsung of massive and wilful copying of its designs and technology for smartphones, including some models of the Galaxy SII.

US District Judge Lucy Koh affirmed the remainder of the award, amounting to US$598.9 million, in the patent infringement case, while denying Apple's request for a bigger penalty.

3 Mar 2013 - 6:30am

Struggling HTC gets ready to ring in changes in 2013

HTC hopes its efforts to tackle various problems will give the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer the momentum the company needs to improve results. Photo: AFP

HTC, known for its mid-priced Android-based smartphones, posted operating income of just 1 per cent of sales in the fourth quarter, capping a tough year.

14 Feb 2013 - 4:53am

Inventors set to get citywide protection

Hong Kong will set up its own system for granting patents in 2016 at the earliest to help develop the city as an information-technology hub.

It will mean inventors could apply for a patent in the city to protect their creation - but it will only apply to Hong Kong and would not guarantee protection on the mainland or overseas.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:23am

China overtakes US to become world's largest patent filer

Patent applications

China's patent office for the first time became the world's largest last year, as the number of global patent filings continued to grow despite the sluggish economy, the UN's intellectual property agency said.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Alcatel-Lucent faces LG and Apple in patent trial

Apple is accused of copying compression technology. Photo: Reuters

Apple and LG Electronics infringed an Alcatel-Lucent unit's patents for electronic devices including phones and computers, a lawyer said at the start of a trial.

29 Nov 2012 - 3:46am

Apple and HTC end patent lawsuits after reaching global settlement

The deal is positive for HTC, which has seen poor sales. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC yesterday said it has reached a global settlement with technology giant Apple, bringing an end to all outstanding litigation between the two companies.

The deal includes a 10-year licensing agreement over patents, HTC said in a statement.

12 Nov 2012 - 4:27am