Technology

  • January 17, 2006

    Parallel Investigation Violated Rights: Judge

    A federal judge has accused the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of "deceit and trickery" that violated the rights of defendants in a coordinated investigation of alleged securities fraud.

  • January 13, 2006

    Telco's Chapter 11 Filing Ignites SEC Ire

    A bankrupt telecom company has come under fire from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over its proposed liquidation plan, which regulators see as a time bomb for setting off a stock manipulation scheme.

  • January 17, 2006

    Microsoft, Yahoo Sued Over Software Activation Feature

    A small software development company has decided to assert its patents in court by challenging several corporate giants, including Microsoft and Yahoo, which allegedly co-opted its method of controlling access to various computer systems.

  • January 12, 2006

    SEC Probes IBM Earnings Disclosures

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched a formal investigation into computer and software colossus IBM, questioning the company’s first quarter earnings and equity compensation disclosure.

  • January 12, 2006

    Despite Legal Onslaught, Piracy Still Haunts Music Labels

    Thousands of lawsuits and a Supreme Court victory later, there are increasing signs that the music industry has failed to grapple with the problem of piracy.

  • January 11, 2006

    In Flip-Flop, USPTO Upholds Microsoft FAT Patents

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has upheld two Microsoft patents covering technology for saving computer files using longer names, marking a victory for the software company’s much challenged file saving system.

  • January 11, 2006

    IBM Teams Up With USPTO To Improve Patent Quality

    With more than 120 IP attorneys and the largest patent portfolio in the world, IBM is a force to be reckoned with. Now Big Blue is setting its sights on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, determined that the best way to address poor patent quality is to put the full force of its innovation to work for the agency.

  • January 10, 2006

    Federal Circuit Rules On Lucrative DVR Patents

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has handed down another decision in the industry-wide struggle over patents for on-demand television systems, affirming a three-year-old lower court ruling that upheld a software company’s patents for connection management systems relating to digital video recorder 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

    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

    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

    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 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 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

    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 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.