Technology

  • January 12, 2007

    Online Debt Collection Systems Inspire Patent Suit

    Two companies that offer online debt collection services have squared off in a New Jersey court over patents covering computerized dispute resolution systems.

  • January 11, 2007

    Intel Files Suit Against Transmeta

    Intel Corp. has fired back at Transmeta Corp., which sued the chip maker for allegedly infringing 11 patents, filing an answer and counterclaims accusing Transmeta of infringing 7 Intel patents and asking the court to declare the patents asserted by Transmeta invalid.

  • January 10, 2007

    Google Launches Patent Search

    Internet search giant Google Inc. has launched a new Web site that it hopes will make patent information as easy to seek out and pinpoint as the hundreds of millions of Web pages it sifts through every day.

  • January 10, 2007

    Toshiba Brings Hynix Before ITC For Second Round

    The battle between Toshiba Corp. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. over NAND flash memory chips rages on, with Toshiba filing a new patent suit against Hynix in the United States International Trade Commission.

  • January 10, 2007

    Another DRAM Maker Settles Price-Fixing Suit

    Micron Technology Inc. followed in its competitors’ footsteps on Tuesday, becoming the latest company to settle allegations that it conspired to fix prices of DRAM products.

  • January 11, 2007

    HP, Lexmark Settle Non-Compete Claims Lawsuits

    Rival printer manufacturers have reached a $525,000 settlement over a top executive who allegedly violated his non-compete agreement by making a jump between companies.

  • January 10, 2007

    Ex-Comverse Attorney Settles Backdating Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settled civil charges Wednesday with William F. Sorin, the former general counsel of Comverse Technology, Inc., over an alleged scheme to backdate stock option grants.

  • January 9, 2007

    Philips Wins ITC Ruling Over LED Patent

    Things are looking bright for Philips Lumileds after an administrative law judge of the US International Trade Commission awarded it a favorable ruling in its current patent litigation against Taiwanese company Epistar Corp.

  • January 9, 2007

    Former Aspen Tech Chief Faces Fraud Charges

    A former CEO of Aspen Technology has been charged with accounting fraud in a scam to artificially inflate the company’s revenues to meet targets and earn a promotion.

  • January 9, 2007

    McAfee Amends Options Policy, Takes $25M Charge

    Embroiled in a lawsuit over options backdating, software company McAfee Inc. will extend the exercise period for several of its stock options grants and record a charge that will affect the results of several fiscal quarters.

  • January 9, 2007

    Chipmaker Fires Back In MP3 Patent Feud

    Chinese chip designer Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd. has asked an appeals court to review a ruling against it by the U.S. International Trade Commission, marking the latest development in its drawn-out patent war with SigmaTel Inc. over digital audio processing technology.

  • January 8, 2007

    Former Qwest CFO Settles Civil Fraud Charges

    Former Qwest CFO Robin Szeliga, who had already pled guilty to one criminal count of insider trading, has now settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission over her role in the company’s massive accounting fraud.

  • January 9, 2007

    Trade-Secret Litigation Targets Conference Calls

    An audio conferencing technology company filed a suit against two companies and two individuals, one a former employee, last Wednesday, claiming misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract.

  • January 8, 2007

    Supreme Court Declines EchoStar Appeal

    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by EchoStar Communications Corp., forcing the satellite company to comply with an appeals court order barring it from providing local television programming to subscribers outside of local areas.

  • January 8, 2007

    Conflicts Questioned In Apple Options Probe

    The director of the internal team tasked with investigating alleged stock options backdating at computer giant Apple Inc. once headed the committee that approved the options in question, a conflict of interest that could have disqualified him from the position.

  • January 8, 2007

    Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony Sued Over Joystick Patent

    A Texas-based investment company has decided to stick it to Microsoft Corp., Nintendo Co. Ltd. and Sony Corp., filing a lawsuit against the three video console producers over a patent for a low-voltage joystick port.

  • January 8, 2007

    Motorola Could Face $100M Hit In SPS Case: Attorneys

    Motorola Inc. was ordered Monday to pay $17 million in costs and attorneys’ fees in a drawn-out trade secrets case in Florida state court. But bigger sanctions still loom, after the judge found that Motorola’s lawyers broke court rules, according to plaintiffs’ attorneys.

  • January 8, 2007

    Motorola's Violations Could See $100M Hit: Attorneys

    Motorola Inc. was ordered Monday to pay $17 million in costs and attorneys’ fees in a drawn-out trade secrets case in Florida state court, but bigger sanctions are looming after the judge found Motorola’s lawyers broke court rules, according to plaintiffs attorneys.

  • January 5, 2007

    Suit Takes Aim At Silicon Valley’s Youth Culture

    An age discrimination lawsuit filed against a Silicon Valley company is the latest to take on the high-tech industry's alleged bias against older, more experienced employees.

  • January 5, 2007

    Graphics Chip Makers Hit By New Class Action

    A fresh class action has taken aim at Nvidia Corp., ATI Technologies Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., just a few weeks after the three graphics chip companies were slammed with five class actions over alleged anti-competitive activities.