Intellectual property and specialty practice areas are the main topics in today's special report honoring the business of law.

  • Patent harmonization: Why should we be like everyone else?

    Thomas Jefferson began the United States' policy of providing strong patent protection to inventors. Jefferson's influence is found in the U.S. Constitution's "invention clause" that allows promoting "the Progress of Science ... by securing for limited Times to ... Inventors the exclusive Right to their ... Discoveries."

  • La Jolla biotech proactively protects itself from patent infringement suits

    La Jolla-based Diazyme Laboratories, a division of General Atomics, recently won a declaration from a federal judge in San Francisco that its enzymatic homocysteine assay does not infringe patents held by Axis-Shield of Norway. The ruling was the culmination of legal challenges that Diazyme initiated to prove Axis-Shield's threats of infringement were unfounded.

  • IP is hot property at Thomas Jefferson School of Law

    In a city where software, multimedia, digital technology and bioscience are ever-expanding industries, Thomas Jefferson School of Law has positioned itself to be the leader in producing San Diego's top intellectual property attorneys. Thomas Jefferson has developed a remarkably strong program with six full-time faculty members and several adjunct professors who all teach intellectual property (IP) law.

  • Siemens says SEC, U.S. Justice Department are probing bribery allegations

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) said Thursday it faces a widening investigation into bribery allegations that have spurred both its chief executive and the chairman to say they would step down, and warned that the money in question could be bigger than earlier thought.

  • Staying on top of business law

    The human resources department of a mid-sized corporation believes it has a handle on all the quirks and intricacies of employment law. It posts employee information on its bulletin boards, has employees read and sign employee handbooks, provides introductory orientation. It covers its bases, or so it believes, until the lawsuit materializes.

  • The architect's role in litigation

    Architects design buildings; attorneys practice law. These two highly skilled professions seem to have little overlap -- or do they?

  • Guerrilla video sites pose a threat for big media

    BERNALILLO, N.M. -- From a small outbuilding alongside the train tracks in this Albuquerque suburb, two men in their 20s are peddling something that has become a big threat to big media companies.

  • Settlement in Just For Feet case may fan board fears

    Five former outside directors of a defunct shoe retailer have paid $41.5 million to settle a lawsuit, in a case likely to fan fears among directors about personal liability for corporate misdeeds.

  • Court weighs whether New York City can sue foreign countries over taxes

    WASHINGTON -- First, it was parking tickets. Now, the dispute between New York City and United Nations diplomats centers on whether foreign countries should pay taxes on the high-rise apartments where they house their diplomatic workers.

  • Supreme Court seems willing to make it easier for some companies to recover enviro costs

    WASHINGTON -- A majority of the Supreme Court seems willing to make it easier for many large, industrial companies to recover some of the millions of dollars they've spent cleaning up hazardous waste sites.

  • Justice Department lists documents being withheld in firings of U.S. attorneys

    WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department released a list of internal documents Thursday focusing on lawmakers' concerns and media questions about the firings of eight federal prosecutors, but the department resisted congressional demands for copies of the memos.

  • Courthouse shuttle just one of benefits of new office building

    For lawyers working at DiamondView Tower, traveling between the office and the courthouse will be as easy as picking up a phone. Diamond View Tower, located between Ninth and 10th streets and J and K avenues in San Diego's Ballpark District, offers a free shuttle service to tenants.

  • Generic drug makers face tougher odds of getting law passed this year on biotech products

    WASHINGTON -- Generic drug makers may fail again this year to get a bill passed that would let them market cheaper versions of biotech drugs, some of the most expensive medicines on the market.

  • Data theft scam targets Google searchers who click on paid ads

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) yanked paid advertisements linked to some 20 search terms that online criminals had hijacked to steal banking and other personal information from Web surfers looking for the Better Business Bureau and other sites.

  • Company will beef up security on data, notify promptly

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A company that lost track of a computer containing the personal information of 540,000 New Yorkers but didn't tell the state about it for five weeks has agreed to promptly notify people if security is breached again, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

  • Looking deep into the IP mirror: Doing what it takes to get ready for an IPO

    In today's competitive environment, technology companies that do not properly focus on intellectual property (IP) do so at their own peril. This is especially true for technology companies that have ambitions to go public.

  • Townsend and Townsend attorneys provide technical expertise

    Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP is one of the largest law firms in the United States specializing in the protection of intellectual property rights. With more than 180 attorneys and offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek, Denver, Seattle and Tokyo, Japan, Townsend offers specialized services in all aspects of intellectual property law.

  • SEC said to be investigating claims of improper activities by Barclays traders

    WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating allegations that a head trader in New York for Britain's Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) used confidential information on companies in bankruptcy to gain an advantage in trading bonds of the companies, according to a lawsuit.

  • House panel urges high tech, pharmaceutical industries to compromise on proposed patent reform

    WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers are urging the pharmaceutical and high-technology industries to forge a compromise on a proposed patent reform bill.

  • Policing Web video with 'fingerprints'

    Can "fingerprinting" bring a truce to the Web's video-copyright wars?

  • Protecting your electronic assets

    Ignorance of modern technology is no excuse. In recent years, far too many employers who are not sure how to protect their electronic information have allowed departing employees to take their most valuable trade secrets, degrade the value of their electronic data for litigation purposes or have seen critical electronic evidence completely destroyed, exposing their organizations to serious civil and criminal liability.

  • Lam named Attorney of the Year by bar association

    Former U.S. Attorney Carol Lam has been named Outstanding Attorney of the Year by the San Diego County Bar Association.

  • State's high court throws businesses for loss

    Employers can now be held liable for up to three years -- and in some cases even four -- for failing to provide proper meal and rest-period breaks to its employees, according to a California Supreme Court ruling Monday.

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  • Foley & Lardner attorney defines interplay of law, technology

    As business technologies continue to evolve at a feverish pace, there exists a corresponding need for lawyers to serve as intermediaries between businesses and the ever-changing laws that protect them. Enter Andy Serwin, partner in the San Diego office of Foley & Lardner LLP.

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