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Dec 8, 2011

Bayer HealthCare LLC has won two lawsuits over trademark violations related to two of its anti-flea medications, Advantix and Advantage. 

The suits were filed against drug company Cipla Ltd. and website operator Archipelago Suppliers for using similar names for their anti-flea prescriptions. Cipla, which was making anti-flea medication DA Double Advantage, will pay Bayer $100,000 for legal fees and will forego $100,000 in estimated profits from DA Double Advantage.

Nov 30, 2011

American gun maker Smith & Wesson recently agreed to withdraw a patent infringement suit filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission and in U.S. federal court against Traditions Sporting Goods and its parent company, Spanish gun maker Ardesa Firearms.

The parties reached a settlement agreement under which Traditions and Ardesa will license muzzleloader technology patented by Smith & Wesson.

Nov 30, 2011

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently upheld a previous ITC ruling that Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC did not infringe on patents held by former Apple subsidiary FlashPoint.

FlashPoint filed its complaint in July 2010, alleging that HTC's Android smartphones and Windows Phone 7 infringed on three of FlashPoint's patents related to electronic imaging devices.

After considering FlashPoint's allegations, an ITC judge ruled in July 2011 that HTC did not infringe on the patents in question.

Nov 30, 2011

Pennsylvania-based LaserLock Technologies recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit against McDonald's, alleging the fast food giant used LaserLock's patented technology on game pieces used in a popular promotion based on the board game Monopoly.

LaserLock initially sued WS Packaging Group of Green Bay, Wisconsin, which manufactured the game pieces.

Nov 2, 2011

The popular social network Twitter recently won a lawsuit against VS Technologies LLC, which had accused the social networking website of infringement over a patent for building virtual communities.

Twitter, which was launched in 2006 and now has more than 100 million active users, was cleared of all charges.

“We are gratified that a jury has agreed that this suit had no merit,” Sean Garrett, a spokesman for Twitter, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg News.