Pfizer Sued by Australian Regulator Over Generic Lipitor
Pfizer Inc. (PFE)’s Australian unit was sued by the country’s competition regulator for misuse of market power relating to sales of its generic version of the Lipitor cholesterol drug.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it filed the lawsuit today in federal court in Sydney claiming Pfizer Australia Pty.’s deals with pharmacies in 2012 for the sale of atorvastatin breached competition rules. A copy of the filing wasn’t immediately available.
Ex-Prime Minister Chretien Joins Dentons: Business of Law
Jean Chretien, Canada’s prime minister from 1993 to 2003, joined Dentons Canada LLP as counsel from Heenan Blaikie LLP.
Heenan is closing after more than 40 years as it faces competition from larger firms and a slump in mergers and acquisitions.
Apple, Victoria’s Secret, Olympics: Intellectual Property
Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s chances of defeating a 1.57 billion-euro ($2.2 billion) lawsuit in Germany depend on whether an IPCom GmbH patent protects a technology using one or three bits for coding software used in wireless networks.
IPCom will win only if it convinces the court the patent isn’t limited to technology using just one bit for coding information, Presiding Judge Holger Kircher said yesterday at a hearing in Mannheim, Germany.
DLA Piper Ends Heenan Hiring Talks; BLG Adds Heenan Team
DLA Piper LLP called off hiring talks with a group of Heenan Blaikie LLP lawyers, DLA said yesterday. Meanwhile a group of 12 lawyers from Heenan found a new home in the Canadian firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Montreal office.
Heenan, which counted former prime ministers Jean Chretien and Pierre Trudeau among its employees, is closing after more than 40 years as it faces competition from larger firms and a slump in mergers and acquisitions.
Tencent, Nintendo, Sony, Givaudan: Intellectual Property
Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700)’s Riot Games online video-game unit, maker of “League of Legends,” said in a statement that it has no intention of using its patents offensively.
In the statement, the Santa Monica, California-based unit described the U.S. patent system as broken and in need of reform. Riot Games owns patent 8,636,589, which was issued Jan. 28 and covers systems and methods that enable a spectator’s experience for online active games, according to the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Akerman Opens in Chicago With 8 Lawyers: Business of Law
Akerman LLP opened an office in Chicago, the firm’s 20th U.S. location, with a team of eight lawyers from Ulmer & Berne LLP in the commercial and intellectual-property litigation practices.
The new lawyers include Scott Meyers, who will be Akerman’s Chicago office managing partner. Meyers concentrates his complex commercial litigation practice in the financial services and securities sectors, with an emphasis on hedge funds, investment advisers and money managers.
Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Samsung: Intellectual Property
Motorola Mobility (MMI), which Google Inc. (GOOG) is selling to Lenovo Group Ltd., faces European Union curbs on its legal efforts to thwart Apple Inc. (AAPL) as antitrust regulators seek to boost competition for smartphones and tablets.
The company will get a “prohibition decision” for abusing key mobile-phone patents in its battle with the iPhone maker, Joaquin Almunia, the EU’s competition commissioner, told reporters in London Feb. 7. Such rulings typically include an order to modify behavior. Almunia didn’t specify whether the Google unit would face fines.
DLA Piper in Talks With Heenan Lawyers: Business of Law
DLA Piper LLP, one of the world’s biggest law firms, is in talks to hire a group of partners from failing Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie LLP, a DLA spokesman said in an e-mail.
Heenan, which counted former Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Pierre Trudeau among its employees, is closing after more than 40 years amid competition from larger firms and a slump in mergers and acquisitions.
Ex-SAC Fund Manager Martoma Found Guilty in Insider Case
Former SAC Capital Advisors LP fund manager Mathew Martoma was found guilty in the most lucrative insider-trading scheme ever as federal prosecutors racked up a seventh conviction in their six-year probe of the hedge fund and its billionaire founder, Steven A. Cohen.
DLA Piper Announces Global Leadership: Business of Law
Roger Meltzer and Nigel Knowles will take over as global co-chairmen of DLA Piper LLP on Jan. 1, succeeding Lee I. Miller and Tony Angel.
Cameron Rains and Simon Levine will become global co-chief executive officers of the firm, also at the start of next year, DLA Piper said in a statement. Rains will take over from J. Terence O’Malley, and Levine will succeed Knowles.
Adidas, Woolworths, Kraft, Issa: Intellectual Property
Adidas AG (ADS) sued Under Armour Inc. (UA) alleging its exercise-tracking and fitness-monitoring products infringe patents held by the world’s second-biggest maker of sporting goods.
The lawsuit is related to Adidas patents that provide the technology for mobile applications products that track heart rates, calories burned and other information during workouts, the company said in a Feb. 5 complaint filed in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.
Yankees President Joins Jackson Lewis: Business of Law
New York Yankees President Randy Levine, formerly counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, joined Jackson Lewis PC as of counsel in New York.
Levine, a management labor lawyer since 1980, has represented clients in the entertainment, sports, manufacturing, health-care, hospitality and transportation industries, the firm said in a statement. He also worked as New York labor commissioner under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Adidas Sues Under Armour Over Mobile Fitness Patents
Adidas AG (ADS) sued Under Armour Inc. (UA) alleging its exercise tracking and fitness monitoring products infringe patents held by the world’s second-biggest maker of sporting goods,
Adidas owns patents that provide the technology for mobile applications products that track heart rates, calories burned and other information during workouts, the company said in a complaint filed today in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. Under Armour’s Armour39 products, such as chest straps, watches and supporting software and mobile applications, and the mobile products marketed by the company’s MapMyFitness unit, infringe the Adidas patents, according to the complaint.
Apple Joins Google in Pressing Court to Curb Patent Abuse
Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG), saying they’re tired of being slapped with frivolous patent suits that cost millions of dollars in legal fees, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let them hit back.
The technology companies are leading a group of firms urging the court to make it easier to collect attorneys’ fees from patent-holders who lose infringement suits. In two cases to be argued this month, the justices for the first time will consider the rules that govern fee awards in patent litigation.
Google, Facebook, Ubisoft, Apple: Intellectual Property
Google Inc. (GOOG) and Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), two of Silicon Valley’s largest companies, entered a long-term deal to license each other’s intellectual property, saying they want to curb the patent lawsuits that have plagued the industry.
The agreement covers a broad range of products and allows each company to extract “significant value” from its patents, according to a statement yesterday. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
Gibson Dunn Adds UBS Counsel Shelton: Business of Law
Mark Shelton, formerly UBS AG (UBSN)’s Americas general counsel and global head of investigations, is joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York. He will practice financial institutions law with a focus on banking regulation and investigations.
Wisconsin’s Criminal Gay Marriage Ban Challenged by ACLU
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was sued by four same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in the state and to overturn a law that threatens them with imprisonment if they wed in another state.
The complaint, filed yesterday in federal court in Madison by the American Civil Liberties Union, follows those by advocates seeking to expand recognition for gay couples beyond the 17 states where such marriages are allowed. Similar litigation is pending in states including Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Michigan and Utah.
Apple Faces $840 Million E-Books Claim, Fights Monitor
Apple Inc. (AAPL) faces as much as $840 million in state and consumer antitrust claims related to electronic-book deals with publishers as it continues to oppose a court-ordered monitor in a related U.S. government case.
Apple, in an emergency request to be considered tomorrow by a federal appeals court in New York, is seeking to halt oversight by Michael Bromwich, the court-appointed compliance monitor in the Justice Department’s lawsuit.
Twitter, Lilly, Chicago Bears: Intellectual Property
Twitter Inc. (TWTR), the microblogging service that went public last year, agreed to buy 900 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) to gain access to new technology and build a defense against infringement suits.
The agreement, signed in December and announced Jan. 31, also resolves a dispute that prompted IBM to write to San Francisco-based Twitter last year about possible infringement of at least three patents.
Samsung, Super Bowl, Prince: Intellectual Property
Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) avoided the severe penalties Apple Inc. sought after being sanctioned by a U.S. judge for violating a court order protecting the confidentiality of the iPhone maker’s patent-licensing accords.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal said Jan. 29 that “public findings of wrongdoing” by Samsung’s law firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, and Quinn Emanuel’s payment of Apple and Nokia Oyj (NOK1V)’s legal costs would be “sufficient both to remedy Apple and Nokia’s harm.”