patent infringement

Snack Attack! Kraft Sues Kellogg Over Patented Cookie Packaging

A new battle for snack supremacy is being fought -- not over who makes the best cookies, but over who has rights to the packaging they come in. Kraft Foods Global Brands is suing Kellog's, claiming the company is using Kraft's patented technology to keep Keebler and Sandies cookies fresh.

7 Business Battles That Bruised Consumers in 2012

Companies get into fights all the time: in the courts, through their advertising, in contract negotiations with partners, and even with their own workers. To some extent, it's just business as usual -- but when those fights escalate, it's often consumers who feel the pain.

How Patent Madness Is Killing Innovation and Costing Us Billions

Big creative companies like Apple are taking out patents on everything they can think of -- lest they develop an idea only to discover someone else claimed it first. That may sound sensible on the surface -- but the rules of the patent game are actually doing more harm than good.

Apple Loses Touchscreen Patent Suit Against Samsung -- Again

A Dutch court has again ruled against Apple in a suit against South Korea's Samsung Electronics, saying that Galaxy tablets don't infringe an Apple patent on touchscreen interfaces. The Dutch case is one of many Apple is pursuing against Samsung in their reciprocal patent war.

RPX's Plan: Make a Fortune by Fixing the Patent Mess

RPX has been in business since just 2008, but it has rapidly built a list of big-name clients attracted to its novel service. It offers tech companies a way to gain access to patents without having to own them outright -- and without having to deal with litigious "patent trolls."

Paul Allen's Patent-Licensing Firm Dealt Blow in IP Lawsuit

A patent lawsuit brought by Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen against Apple, Google, and Yahoo,among others, has been dismissed. The judge found the suit, which failed to specify the products or devices that infringed on patents from Allen's company, too vague.

Oracle's Patent War with Google Could Backfire

A few months ago, Oracle rocked the internet world by suing Google for patent infringement based on the Android system's use of Java. Now, Google has laid out its defenses against the Oracle suit, and its countersuit might well invalidate Oracle's Java patents altogether.

eBay Hit With $3.8 Billion Patent Lawsuit

eBay got slapped Tuesday with a $3.8 billion patent infringement lawsuit over its payment system technology. XPRT Ventures alleges inthe suit that eBay and its subsidiaries PayPal, Bill Me Later, Shopping.com and StubHub violated six of its patents.

AstraZeneca Stock Jumps After Court Ruling on Crestor

AstraZeneca shares surged by almost 9% Tuesday after the company scored a win in court regarding the patent for its cholesterol treatment, Crestor. The ruling means that AstraZeneca won't have to worry about generic competition for its multibillion-dollar statin until 2016.