Technology

  • April 9, 2008

    Amicus Briefs Fuel Debate In Business Method Case

    As the Federal Circuit gears up to hear en banc a case over whether to limit patent eligibility for business methods and other processes, parties in the financial, technology and health industries are coming down on opposite sides of the dispute.

  • April 4, 2008

    Asustek Sues IBM Over Network, Server Patents

    Taiwanese technology company Asustek Computer Inc., which is being sued by IBM Corp. for patent infringement, has fired off its own lawsuit claiming the computer giant infringed Asustek's patents for remote storage and modulized server technology.

  • April 4, 2008

    Apple Protests New York's 'GreeNYC' Logo

    Arguing that New York City's new trademark for environmental initiatives is too similar to its own ubiquitous logo, Apple Inc. has filed a federal challenge to the Big Apple's GreeNYC trademark application.

  • April 4, 2008

    ClearPlay's Claims Dismissed In Suit Over DVD Filters

    A judge has dismissed claims brought by ClearPlay Inc. in a dispute with rival Nissim Corp. over the company's efforts to get ClearPlay's allegedly infringing DVD players pulled from Target stores.

  • April 4, 2008

    One Year Later, Prosecutors Come To Grips With KSR

    While prosecutors across the board say last April’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in KSR has made it easier for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reject patent applications based on obviousness, they are using this challenge to step up their own games.

  • April 4, 2008

    7th Circuit Zings Google In Trademark 'Fanatic' Case

    A federal appeals court has sided with self-proclaimed trademark fanatic Leo Stoller in a case arising from what the bankrupt litigant claims are his attempts to have Google Inc.'s trademark declared generic.

  • April 3, 2008

    Chi Mei, LG Philips LCD Suit Moved To Delaware

    A federal judge in Texas agreed on Monday to transfer a case between Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. and LG Philips LDC Co. Ltd. over various patents regarding liquid crystal displays to Delaware, granting LG Philips' request.

  • April 3, 2008

    Judge Tosses Class Action Against HP Directors

    A federal judge has again quashed a proposed class action brought by a group of Hewlett-Packard Co. pension fund investors that alleges the board's $21 million "hush money" payout to former CEO Carleton S. Fiorina violated company policies and fiduciary duty.

  • April 3, 2008

    Appeals Court Nixes O2 Micro Win

    O2 Micro International Ltd. had its victory in a patent suit over converter circuits used in the backlighting of television and laptop computer screens erased by a federal appeals court on Thursday.

  • April 3, 2008

    10th Circ. Spurns Plea To Revisit Qwest Settlement

    An appeals court refused Wednesday to reconsider its earlier decision overturning a $400 million class action settlement between Qwest Communications International Inc. and its shareholders because objections by two of the telecommunications company's former executives have not been properly addressed.

  • April 3, 2008

    Matthew Sonsini Moves To Sobrato Organization

    Matthew W. Sonsini — son of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Chairman Larry Sonsini — is taking a leave from the firm where he's spent seven years as a partner to join real estate and investment company The Sobrato Organization as executive vice president.

  • April 3, 2008

    Judge Rules Merge Tech Fraud Suit Can Move Forward

    A judge has rejected calls by medical software company Merge Technologies Inc. to dismiss a securities fraud suit but has agreed to toss accounting giant KPMG LLP from the case.

  • April 3, 2008

    HP Sues Papst Over Digital Camera Patents

    Hewlett Packard Co. has sued a German patent-holding company that claims HP's digital cameras infringe on two of its patents. The German company, Papst Licensing GMBH & Co. KG, is now entangled in suits with seven companies over the same patents.

  • April 3, 2008

    Microsoft New Doc Format Wins OK, Sparks Debate

    An international standards-setting body pushed past monopoly concerns on Wednesday and agreed to use Microsoft Corp.'s new open-source Office file format, but the company's critics called foul on the voting process.

  • April 4, 2008

    Judge Largely Denies Bid To Toss Backdating Suit

    A judge has kept alive much of a proposed class action filed against information technology company Juniper Networks Inc. and some of its senior officers and directors that alleges stock options backdating practices at the company violated securities laws.

  • April 4, 2008

    Platforms Wireless, CEO Still On Hook In Fraud Suit

    A court vacated summary judgments on Thursday that Platforms Wireless International Corp. directors made false and misleading statements in two press releases in order to artificially boost stock prices, but let stand a summary judgment that it made such statements in a third press release.

  • April 2, 2008

    Emsat Lobs Infringement Suits At Telecom Titans

    Emsat Advanced Geo-Location Technology LLC on Monday launched several lawsuits against the wireless industry's largest companies, accusing AT&T Mobility, Alltel Corp., T-Mobile USA Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Wireless of infringing numerous patents covering location-based cellular phone systems and services.

  • April 2, 2008

    Companies Begin Battle For H-1B Visas

    As anticipated, U.S. companies have started filing mountains of requests for the highly coveted H-1B visas for potential workers while bracing for a likely lottery that will leave many wanting.

  • April 2, 2008

    Call Center Workers Sue Dell For Unpaid Wages

    Sales representatives in Dell Inc.'s Texas call center have launched a nationwide collective action alleging the computer giant breached the Fair Labor Standards Act by denying them overtime and failing to keep an accurate record of their work hours.

  • April 3, 2008

    Broadcom Settles Modem Patent Suit

    Broadcom Corp. has resolved an infringement suit brought against it by a California-based patent-holding firm over high-speed modem devices.