Technology

  • August 4, 2008

    PA Advisors Settles With 3 Defendants In Patent Suit

    PA Advisors LLC has agreed to dismiss three Microsoft Corp. subsidiaries from its patent infringement suit against 13 online advertising providers and search engines that it alleges infringed a patent relating to Internet search software.

  • August 4, 2008

    Microsoft Takes Primax Patent Spat To Court

    In a two-pronged battle to stop a Taiwanese rival from allegedly infringing on several electronics patents, Microsoft Corp. has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to award past damages and enjoin Primax Electronics Ltd. from further infringement, days after it petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the company from importing the products in question.

  • August 4, 2008

    Fed. Circ. Allows Tessera ITC Patent Case To Proceed

    A federal appeals court panel has decided not to re-stay a case brought by Tessera Technologies Inc. against Motorola Inc., Qualcomm Inc., Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and others for allegedly infringing its chip-packaging patents.

  • August 21, 2008

    Firms, Bar Recover From Kickback Prosecution

    Despite a kickback scandal that led to prison time for two of its most renowned attorneys, Milberg LLP and Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP — and the plaintiffs bar itself — remain resourceful adversaries, according to lawyers and representatives of the firms.

  • August 22, 2008

    Firms May Face More Domain Name Fights: Experts

    New policies pushed by the Internet's key naming authority aim to revolutionize the future of Internet addresses and create new ways for corporations to craft their online identities. But experts say the sweeping changes are likely to also lead to big headaches for trademark owners.

  • August 1, 2008

    Napster, BitTorrent Hit With Suit Over Internet Sales

    A Seattle-based company has accused Napster LLC and BitTorrent Inc. of infringing a patent regarding online purchases in two separate lawsuits.

  • August 1, 2008

    3Com Seeks $66M In Wake Of Failed Merger

    Technology provider 3Com Corp. has filed suit against Bain Capital Partners LLC as part of an ongoing effort to recoup a $66 million termination fee from a buyout widely reported to have failed as a result of national security concerns.

  • August 1, 2008

    Acacia Unit Settles Copier Patent Claims With Toshiba

    International Printer Corp., a subsidiary of California patent-holding company Acacia Research Corp., has asked the court to dismiss another defendant in its patent dispute over technology for printers, copiers and fax machines.

  • August 1, 2008

    Fed. Circ. Tosses Microsoft's $8M Award In Patent Suit

    A federal appeals court has reversed summary judgment in a patent infringement suit against Microsoft Corp. over gray-scale image technology, ejected the district judge from the case and vacated the $8.6 million in attorneys' fees that Research Corporation Technologies Inc. had been ordered to pay Microsoft.

  • August 4, 2008

    Flat-Screen TV Giants Hit With Circuitry Patent Suit

    A Japanese company is suing several electronics makers with major operations in the U.S. – including Samsung, Vizio, LG and Mitsubishi – claiming backlighting systems that enhance the picture on many popular flat-screen television models infringe a circuitry patent.

  • August 4, 2008

    Class Action Against Celestica, Adecco Gains Steam

    A federal judge certified two separate classes Thursday in a wage-and-hour class action brought under California state laws against Celestica Corp., a Toronto-based global maker of electronic equipment, and Adecco USA Inc., a staffing agency.

  • August 4, 2008

    TruePosition's $45.3M Verdict Trimmed To $18.6M

    A federal judge cut a $45.3 million patent infringement award to $18.6 million for TruePosition Inc. and issued a permanent injunction against communication system provider Andrew Corp. in a patent infringement dispute over technology that can help determine the position of a cell phone.

  • August 4, 2008

    Claims Tossed In Sprint Nextel Sales Rep Pay Spat

    Sprint Nextel Corp. has partially prevailed in its bid to dismiss claims from a putative nationwide class action brought by a group of sales representatives who sued to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars in allegedly unpaid commissions.

  • August 4, 2008

    FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Blocking File Sharing

    In a landmark decision hailed by supporters of network neutrality, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has issued an enforcement order against Comcast Corp. after ruling the cable giant violated its open-Internet policies.

  • August 4, 2008

    Phoenix IP, Emerson Electric Settle Patent Suit

    Patent-holding company Phoenix IP LLC has settled a dispute with technology and engineering company Emerson Electric Co. over patents related to computer-assisted utilities sales and energy expense forecasting.

  • August 1, 2008

    Putative Class Accuses GE Of Misleading Investors

    A putative class action filed against General Electric Co. on Wednesday says the company knowingly misled investors about strong earnings prospects for 2008 in the weeks leading up to a dismal quarterly report on April 11 that sent the stock plummeting.

  • August 1, 2008

    Ofcom Investigates BT Wholesale Pricing

    U.K. competition regulator Ofcom launched an investigation on Friday into claims that telecommunications giant BT Group has abused its dominant hold on the wholesale market for voice calls.

  • July 31, 2008

    Aloft Drops Some Cos. From Weather Patent Case

    A patent-holding company that sued 11 companies over a patent for weather-monitoring systems has voluntarily dismissed the suits against more than half the defendants.

  • July 31, 2008

    2nd Circ. Nixes Arbitration In Nokia-InterDigital Case

    A federal judge should not have ordered arbitration in a patent dispute between InterDigital Inc. and Nokia Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled, finding that Nokia waived its right to arbitration in the case.

  • July 31, 2008

    10th Circ. To Rehear Nacchio's Appeal En Banc

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has granted federal prosecutors an en banc hearing in the appeal of former Qwest Communications International Inc. executive Joseph Nacchio, whose insider trading conviction the court overturned earlier this year.