Sanofi-Aventis said it is ‘considering all its legal options’ after the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling in the Lovenox anti-coagulant patent infringement suit against Amphastar and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.
As a result of the Court of Appeals ruling the U.S. Lovenox patent is deemed to be ‘unenforceable’.
While several generic manufacturers have requested marketing approval from the FDA for their products alleged to be generic versions of Lovenox, Sanofi-Aventis has not learned of any FDA approval of these requests.
Anascape Inc., a small East Texas-based gaming company, sued Microsoft and Nintendo in 2006 for being in breach of no less than twelve of their controller patents. Filed in 2000, these patents include “Remote Controller with Analog Button”, “3D Controller With Vibration” and “Game Controller with Analog Pressure Sensor”.
Late Wednesday, a federal jury found Nintendo infringed upon Anascape’s patents while designing their GameCube, Wavebird, and Wii Classic controllers. Nintendo is being ordered to pay Anascape $21 Million USD for patent infringement.
Microsoft’s out-of-court settlement with Anascape before the Nintendo trial began is considered confidential, and no further information is available.
A jury in San Diego ordered Microsoft to pay Alcatel-Lucent US$367.4 million for infringing on two patents, adding a new chapter to a long-running dispute between the companies.
The jury, in U.S. District Court in San Diego, found that Microsoft had infringed on two patents involving user interface technology. It also found that Microsoft didn’t infringe on another Alcatel-Lucent patent related to video decoding. The court ruled that patent, which Alcatel-Lucent alleged was infringed in MPEG2-based DVD playback in Windows, is invalid.
According to Microsoft, which will try to overturn the infringement verdict, Alcatel-Lucent had hoped to receive $1.75 billion in damages. Microsoft called the video patent ruling a victory for the many companies that use MPEG video-decoding technology.
The case dates back to 2003, when Alcatel-Lucent charged Microsoft, Dell and Gateway with patent infringement.
Last year, a court reversed a $1.5 billion patent infringement case against Microsoft in a case Alcatel-Lucent brought against the software giant related to MP3 technology.
There’s more to come in the ongoing battle between the companies. On April 22, the San Diego court will hear a case Microsoft is bringing against Alcatel-Lucent, accusing it of infringing on nine patents.