Technology

  • January 10, 2006

    Patent War Ends Peacefully For Nokia and Kyocera

    A lingering intellectual property dispute between two major telecommunications giants has ended in a patent licensing agreement that has resolved all pending litigation between the companies.

  • January 9, 2006

    Eli Lilly Loses Case Brought By Tiny Biotech Company

    Rejecting claims of a contract breach, an Indiana federal judge has ruled against Eli Lilly & Co. in a lawsuit that accused the pharmaceutical giant of stealing technology originally licensed to it by a small biotech company.

  • January 9, 2006

    Asian High-Tech Firms Dominate New Patents: USPTO

    Asian innovators have maintained their dominance as patent recipients in the United States, reaping more than half of all the patents awarded to the world's top 10 filers, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • January 9, 2006

    Telcos Locked in Litigation Over GPS Feature

    A little-known telecommunications company is aiming to twist the arm of the wireless phone industry by suing cell phone service providers over patents for a potentially lifesaving “911” emergency location feature.

  • January 9, 2006

    Rival Calls For Shutdown of Google Earth

    A Virginia-based software company is calling for the shutdown of a key part of Google’s popular mapping service in a patent dispute that claims Google is infringing on its technology and causing irreparable harm to its sales.

  • January 6, 2006

    Apple Strikes First To Address New iPod Threat

    Emboldened after winning a $60 million settlement from Microsoft Corp. last year, a small technology company is now eyeing Apple Computers Inc. and key features of its digital music player iPod.

  • January 6, 2006

    Macrovision Wins Patent Fight Over Digital Rights

    Settling a contentious patent interference over highly-lucrative emerging technology, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office declared digital content protection firm Macrovision Corp. was the first to invent certain technology for managing online downloads.

  • January 5, 2006

    In Setback For Hynix, Judge Refuses To Toss Rambus Suit

    Dealing a stinging blow to Korea’s Hynix Semiconductor Inc., a California federal judge has rebuffed claims that Rambus Inc. destroyed evidence and allowed the U.S. chip designer’s patent infringement lawsuit to proceed to trial.

  • January 5, 2006

    Judge Upholds Patents Aimed At Futures Traders

    Trading Technologies has prevailed over trading firm Rosenthal Collins Group LLC, after a judge upheld the validity of two patents the software vendor has used to successfully wring a slew of settlement agreements from major players in the futures industry.

  • January 4, 2006

    McAfee Pays $50M To Settle SEC's Fraud Charges

    Security software maker McAfee Inc. is settling fraud charges with a $50 million payout to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which accused the company of ignoring massive financial overstatements during the turn of the century.

  • January 3, 2006

    Acacia Unit Targets Airlines Over Browsing Method

    A host of domestic and international airlines are the targets of a patent lawsuit that seeks to make them pay up for using a common way of presenting internet content.

  • January 3, 2006

    Companies Clash Over Mobile Technology Patent

    Two companies are locked in a bitter dispute over who owns the rights to technology that allows mobile users to safely access their company’s network from an off-site location and bounce from network to network without interruption.

  • January 3, 2006

    Citigroup Settles With Inventor Over Phone Banking

    Financial services company Citigroup Inc. has settled a patent infringement lawsuit brought by pioneering inventor Ronald A. Katz, who boasts a wide-ranging portfolio that has already earned him more than $1 billion.

  • January 3, 2006

    ITC Takes On DVD Patent Probe

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has stepped into a patent spat between software company InterVideo Inc. and computer maker Dell Inc., agreeing to investigate InterVideo’s allegations that Dell’s products infringe its patents for DVD playback functions.

  • January 2, 2006

    Sony Surrenders In Anti-Piracy Scandal

    Bombarded by class action lawsuits over its failed anti-piracy technology, music entertainment giant Sony BMG has tentatively agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs that accused the company of putting consumers’ computers at risk.

  • January 2, 2006

    Patent Suits Break Decade-Old Trend, Drop In '05

    2005 was a big year for intellectual property lawsuits, with combined patent, copyright and trademark cases jumping 14% over 2004, according to a survey conducted by IP Law Bulletin. But behind those numbers is a surprising trend: patent litigation is on the decline in the U.S., while copyright litigation is exploding thanks to aggressive enforcement actions by the entertainment industry.

  • January 2, 2006

    LCD Makers Settle Patent Dispute

    Amid a wave of litigation over lucrative flat-panel display technology, Hong Kong electronics maker Proview and Japanese rival Hitachi have settled a U.S. lawsuit brought by Hitachi over LCD monitor patents.

  • January 1, 2006

    Apple Sued Over Keyboard Technology

    Apple Computer Inc. is being challenged by a United Kingdom-based company over keyboard technology used in its Mac G4 line of PowerBooks and iBooks.

  • January 1, 2006

    MEMC Files Semiconductor Patent Suit After Raid

    Semiconductor giant MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. has sued French chip equipment maker Soitec S.A. for violation of MEMC's European patents on defect-free silicon, or “perfect Silicon”.

  • January 1, 2006

    Nokia Loses Final Appeal To Avoid $252M Payment

    Finish mobile phone maker Nokia Corp. has lost its final bid to avoid paying a $252 million award to wireless technology firm InterDigital Communications Corp. to settle drawn-out arbitration between the two rivals.