Technology

  • October 29, 2008

    Pioneer Scores $59.4M Verdict Against Samsung

    A federal jury has handed Pioneer Corp. a $59.4 million award for damages in its plasma TV patent infringement suit against Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. and two affiliates.

  • October 29, 2008

    Pressure Builds On DOJ Over Google-Yahoo Deal

    Saying Yahoo Inc. has tried to obscure facts on the deal rather than clarify them, a leading Republican lawmaker has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to take a close look at the potential antitrust issues of a proposed advertising partnership between Yahoo and Google Inc.

  • October 29, 2008

    Mosaid Settles DRAM Spat With Powerchip

    Mosaid Technologies Inc. and Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. have entered into a licensing deal that resolves their patent litigation over memory chip technology.

  • October 29, 2008

    Fiber Optics Titans Clash Over Cable Patents

    AFL Telecommunications LLC is suing rival fiber optics titan ADC Telecommunications Inc. for infringing three patents related to fiber-optic cables.

  • October 29, 2008

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Attorneys' Fees In NTP Fight

    A day after saying that a computer programmer failed to raise a genuine issue of material fact regarding his alleged contribution to several lucrative mobile e-mail inventions, a federal appeals court has ruled that the programmer needs to pay attorneys' fees to NTP Inc.

  • October 30, 2008

    Broadcom Ordered To Return $11M In Patent Royalties

    A federal judge ordered Broadcom Corp. on Wednesday to return $11 million in royalties it received from Qualcomm Inc. for use of a patent that was recently declared invalid in their infringement dispute over cellular chips and software.

  • October 29, 2008

    Lawyer Sanctioned For Frivolous Title VII Suit

    An Atlanta lawyer has been sanctioned for ignoring undisputed facts in pursuit of a client's “meritless” claim that Ricoh Electronics Inc. passed him over for a promotion because he is white.

  • October 28, 2008

    Attorneys Drop Plaintiff In Software Copyright Dispute

    Attorneys with Duckor Spradling Metzger and Wynne withdrew their representation of a California construction software company owner in a copyright infringement suit, alleging that the business owner made it “unreasonably difficult” to continue the suit.

  • October 28, 2008

    Inventors Sue Logisys Over Glowing Keyboards

    Two inventors have followed a recent fusillade of infringement actions with a suit against Logisys Computer Inc., claiming the company and a Chinese manufacturer make products that violate a pair of patents related to illuminated keyboards.

  • October 28, 2008

    Google Settles E-Library Copyright Battle For $125M

    In a closely watched case that could have broad ramifications for fair use in the digital age, Google Inc. has agreed to pay $125 million and create an ambitious royalty registry for books to resolve a copyright battle brought by authors and publishers over the search engine's efforts to build a massive online library.

  • October 28, 2008

    Levene Neale To Pay $2.5M In Malpractice Case

    Levene Neale Bender Rankin & Brill LLP, the former counsel for the creditors committee of electronics company SonicBlue Inc., has reportedly agreed to fork over $2.5 million to lay to rest a malpractice claim arising from the firm's alleged conflict of interest in the Chapter 11 proceedings.

  • October 28, 2008

    Cingular Line-Item Case Remanded To State Court

    After a two-year battle in federal courts, a putative class action against former cell phone company Cingular Wireless LLC over a line-item bill charge will end up in the Washington state court where it began.

  • October 28, 2008

    Purported Mobile E-Mail Co-Inventor's Appeal Fails

    A federal appeals court has dealt another blow to a computer programmer whose attempt to attach his name to seven lucrative mobile e-mail patents controlled by NTP Inc. was dismissed last year.

  • October 28, 2008

    CPS Energy Disputes Subpoena In Avaya Antitrust Suit

    San Antonio-based CPS Energy is seeking to stomp out a subpoena that would require it, a nonparty in the case, to disclose trade secrets to Avaya Inc. as part of that company's protracted suit over an alleged monopoly in the telephone maintenance industry.

  • October 27, 2008

    APC Sues Rival For Nabbing Workers, Trade Secrets

    American Power Conversion Corp. has filed a lawsuit against rival power producer Powerware and three of its former employees, alleging that the employees violated their APC contracts by disclosing trade secrets after becoming employed by Powerware.

  • October 27, 2008

    Broadcom Prosecutor Catches Heat For Alleged Leaks

    The prosecutor who brought criminal backdating charges against Broadcom Corp.’s former chief financial officer and other company executives has come under fire for allegedly leaking secret grand jury details and documents to the media.

  • October 27, 2008

    Netflix Sued Over E-Mail Notification Patent

    Patent-holding company Media Queue LLC has accused Netflix Inc. and other rental DVD and video game providers of infringing a patented method of notifying customers via e-mail about the status of their rental accounts.

  • October 27, 2008

    Qualcomm Hit With Patent Suit Over GPS Technology

    Gabriel Technologies Corp., a maker of security systems for the cargo industry, said it is seeking more than $1 billion in damages against Qualcomm Inc. in a suit accusing the technology giant of illegally taking credit for the company's global positioning technology.

  • October 27, 2008

    EU Deadline Passes Without Answer From Intel

    Intel Corp. has missed the deadline to respond to charges by the European Union's antitrust watchdog that it engaged in anti-competitive behavior to muscle a rival out of the computer chip business.

  • October 27, 2008

    QPSX, UTStarcom Settle Digital Network Patent Suit

    Telecommunications company UTStarcom Inc. has settled a lawsuit brought by Australian patent-holding company QPSX Development 5 Pty Ltd., which accused it and several leading mobile phone suppliers of stealing digital technology invented by three Australian scientists more than a decade ago.