Technology

  • July 11, 2006

    Patent Exhaustion Case Tossed Back To District Court

    A messy case that centered on the definitions of implied licenses and patent exhaustion has been sent back to district court, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit partially affirmed and partially vacated the lower court’s ruling.

  • July 11, 2006

    Sanyo Follows Philips Into License Deal With Acacia

    Japan’s Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. on Tuesday abandoned its spirited defense against patent infringement claims from Acacia Research Corp., the patent-holding company that sued it over audio and video transmission technologies.

  • July 10, 2006

    Judge May Modify Terms Of Telecom Deals

    Although the two largest telecommunications mergers in history have already been approved by regulators, a federal judge is raising questions about some of the specifics of the agreements and may order major changes.

  • July 10, 2006

    Nacchio Pre-Trial Hearing Delayed Over Security Issues

    The insider trading case against former Qwest Communications chief executive Joe Nacchio hit a roadblock Friday, with a motions hearing postponed to allow the court more time to complete security clearances and determine procedures for viewing classified government documents that may become part of the fallen executive’s defense strategy.

  • July 10, 2006

    Gabelli Finds Funds For DOJ Settlement

    The $100 million stumbling block that has been preventing money manager Mario Gabelli from settling antitrust charges brought by the Department of Justice has been removed, clearing the way for a deal to be finalized.

  • July 10, 2006

    Klausner Targets Vonage In VoIP Infringement Suit

    Under fire for the third time in less than a year for its voice over Internet protocol technology, embattled telephone company Vonage Holdings Corp. has been slammed with a patent infringement suit by Klausner Technologies Inc.

  • July 10, 2006

    ITC Launches Probe Into Nokia's Phone Technology

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened up an investigation into whether Finland’s Nokia Corp. and its U.S. unit took part in unfair trade practices by importing and selling phones that allegedly infringed six of Qualcomm Inc.’s mobile communications patents.

  • July 10, 2006

    Rival Hits J2 Global With New Antitrust Suit

    Online fax and messenger service provider Venali Inc. has launched a counterattack against J2 Global Communications Inc., accusing its nemesis of violating federal antitrust, trademark competitiveness and patent laws related to the Internet fax market.

  • July 7, 2006

    E.C. Forges Ahead In Telecom Probe

    Making good on its threat to probe Europe's telecommunications industry, the European Commission said Friday that is opening five new investigations into possible violations of competition law in the industry.

  • July 7, 2006

    E.C. To Deliver Decision On Microsoft Fines Wednesday

    Microsoft Corp. will learn if European antitrust regulators plan to levy yet another massive fine against it Wednesday when the European Commission hands down an official decision on whether or not the company should be hit with new fines that could total hundreds of millions of euros.

  • July 7, 2006

    Defendants Cave To Acacia Over Resource Tools

    In a victory for patent-holding company Acacia Research Corp., two defendants in an infringement lawsuit have agreed to settle with the company over its technology for resource management software.

  • July 7, 2006

    DirecTV Socked With More Damages

    After being slammed with a $78.9 judgment for patent infringement, DirecTV Group Inc. is going to have to reach into its pocketbook again and pay hefty post-verdict damages.

  • July 10, 2006

    Silicon Valley Counsel: HP's Jeffrey "Jeff" Fromm

    When Hewlett-Packard Corp.’s IP shepherd of forty years left the company in January, the computer maker was fortunate to have another long-time employee with IP expertise on hand to jump in.

  • July 6, 2006

    Kroes: New Antitrust Fines Against Microsoft Imminent

    Add European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes to the chorus of voices calling a new fine for Microsoft imminent: Kroes told reporters in Berlin that another fine is a virtual certainty, published reports say.

  • July 6, 2006

    Mexico’s Antitrust Watchdog Backs Nextel In SMS Feud

    A week after ushering in harsher competition guidelines, Mexico's antitrust authority has taken its first major enforcement action, ruling that the country's largest mobile telecommunications operator engaged in illegal monopolistic practices when it refused to allow text message exchanges with Nextel Mexico.

  • July 6, 2006

    Judge Tosses Microsoft Case

    A federal judge has dismissed an antitrust suit against Microsoft Corporation, saying too much time had passed since the alleged misconduct.

  • July 6, 2006

    Oracle Launches Pre-Emptive Suit Against EpicRealm

    After filing a lawsuit against one of its customers and fearing it may be sued itself, enterprise software maker Oracle Corp. is looking to invalidate two patents for dynamic Web pages.

  • July 7, 2006

    Silicon Valley Counsel: Xilinx's Thomas LaVelle

    For semiconductor maker Xilinx Inc., snatching Thomas LaVelle as its General Counsel may have been the biggest IP victory in its corporate history. LaVelle, one of the first lawyers at Intel, has used his Silicon Valley savvy to keep Xilinx remarkably clear of IP’s often choppy waters.

  • July 5, 2006

    Google Ready To Unsheath Antitrust Sword

    A week after a U.S. Senate committee shot down the so-called “net neutrality” amendment, Google Inc. has warned that it plans to aggressively pursue antitrust violations should high-speed Internet providers show signs of abusing their market positions.

  • July 5, 2006

    French "iTunes Law" Threatens IP Rights

    The so-called “iTunes law” passed by French lawmakers Friday is drawing fire from critics who equate the legislation’s information-sharing requirements with theft, despite a recently added provision that would allow digital music providers to get around the requirements by forming agreements with copyright holders.