The Transcript continues its week-long series honoring Law Week. In addition to daily legal features, current news and Supreme Court decisions, today we'll take a look at intellectual property and specialty practice firms.

  • The game of peek-a-boo, and one reason why patent litigation is so expensive

    Here's a pop quiz: How is the price of oil like the cost of patent litigation?

  • Aviation litigation -- no fear of flying

    How many legal practices offer the chance to explore professionally what you enjoy doing personally? Thankfully, a good part of our practice does. For those who love airplanes and flying, aviation litigation offers that opportunity.

  • Builders take concrete steps to reduce construction defect suits

    They may be stylishly designed and loaded with amenities, but like any product, new homes and condominiums have their share of flaws. From leaky roofs to floors that sag, creak or allow water to pool, construction defects happen. And when they do, it's not only the homeowners who suffer -- builders can pay a hefty price too.

  • University of California leads U.S. academic institutions for 12th consecutive year

    The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the top 10 U.S. universities receiving the most patents during calendar year 2005. Listed below are the universities receiving the most patents for inventions in 2005, along with their 2004 ranking. The University of California tops the list for the 12th consecutive year.

  • USPTO releases annual list of top 10 organizations receiving most U.S. patents

    The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today the 2005 top 10 global private sector patent recipients. Listed below are the 10 corporations receiving the most U.S. patents for inventions in 2005, along with their 2004 ranking.

  • Commerce Secretary launches new Web-based filing system for patent applications

    Washington, D.C. -- Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and Under Secretary for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas today launched the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) new electronic filing system that will allow applicants to file over the Internet virtually anytime and anywhere, reducing the application process by 30 minutes and improving accuracy on filed documents.

  • So, what's the difference between aircraft time sharing and fractional ownership?

    Most people are familiar with time sharing in the real estate context. You purchase an undivided interest in a condo in Maui that allows you to use it for a specific week or two out of the year. Real estate time sharing has become increasingly popular as an investment vehicle as recreation property values continue to appreciate. Additionally, as an owner of a real estate time share, you can trade your week or two in Maui for an equal amount at another location by participating in a time sharing swap program. Pretty cool -- So does aircraft time sharing mean the same thing?

  • Auction offers companies a place to surrender unwanted patents

    Ocean Tomo LLC, a Chicago-based merchant bank, hosted a live public auction for hundreds of castoff patents, with the goal of establishing a regular market for intellectual property.

  • A California court rules against Google image search

    Before there was "Google Earth" there was "Google image search," and since then, whether at Yahoo,, or nearly any other major search engine, the ability to click "images" and search the entire Web for pictures has become such a standard feature of Web browsing life that we can hardly imagine life online without it. Yet a recent California court decision, Perfect 10 v. Google Inc., 04-9484 (C.D. Cal, Feb. 17, 2006), actually threatens this new but already fundamental feature of the Web.

  • Rambus wins $306.5 million verdict in patent suit against Hynix

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq: RMBS), a designer of high-speed computer-chip interfaces, won a $306.5 million jury verdict Monday in its patent-infringement lawsuit against South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc., company officials said.

  • Seven million patents and still going strong

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued its 7 millionth patent. While we hear a lot about what is wrong with the United States' patent system, this momentous anniversary provides a good opportunity to consider what is right.

  • Now starring on the Internet:

    SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Internet video sensation seems like a startup straight out of Silicon Valley typecasting.

  • District judge rejects Platypus' injunction against author of 'Bad Girl Guide'

    San Francisco author Cameron Tuttle may be a "bad girl" but not because she's infringed on any trademarks, according to a federal judge.

  • Music labels, Apple divided over pricing as talks approach

    LOS ANGELES -- Three years ago, Apple Computer Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) chief executive Steve Jobs persuaded major recording companies to buy into his vision of a simple, one-price-fits-all online music store.

  • Trial lawyers honor trio for work in defense of councilmen

    The three defense attorneys who worked on one of San Diego's highest profile political corruption cases were in the spotlight again Tuesday night.

  • Atlanta firm targets West Coast IP law, sets up office in San Diego

    An Atlanta-based intellectual property law firm has opened an office in San Diego and tapped highly regarded biotech attorney Cathryn Campbell to head up its operations.

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