Technology

  • May 8, 2008

    Telstra Ends Fight Over 'Misleading' Next G Ads

    Australian telecommunications giant Telstra has given up its fight against the country's consumer watchdog over “misleading” statements about the efficacy of its Next G cell phone coverage, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said Wednesday.

  • May 6, 2008

    Satellite TV Installer Faces OT Class Action

    Satellite television installer Directec Inc. ran afoul of federal and Massachusetts law by failing to pay its technicians the required premium rate for overtime hours, according to a putative collective and class action filed in federal court in Boston.

  • May 6, 2008

    Netgear Hit With Patent Suit Over Wireless Routers

    A California technology company has sued Netgear Inc., alleging that its best-selling wireless router infringes two of its patents.

  • May 6, 2008

    Microsoft Withdrawal Gives Yahoo Plaintiffs Ammo

    The lead plaintiffs in the chief lawsuit to compel Yahoo Inc. to accept a takeover by Microsoft Corp. will amend their complaint to reflect Microsoft's decision Saturday to scuttle the deal after Yahoo rejected Microsoft's sweetened offer of nearly $50 billion.

  • May 6, 2008

    Furukawa, Draka Comteq Settle Infringement Suits

    Optical fiber and cable giant Furukawa Electric North America Inc. and global adversary Draka Comteq BV reached a settlement Tuesday to end two patent infringement battles waged by the companies and their subsidiaries.

  • May 6, 2008

    Papst Sues Nikon Over Digital Camera Patents

    German-based licensing company Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG socked Nikon Corp. with a lawsuit Friday, accusing the optics and imaging giant of infringing two patents related to digital cameras.

  • May 7, 2008

    Ocean Tomo Offers New Site For Patent Transactions

    Merchant bank Ocean Tomo LLC has unveiled a new Web site that allows buyers and sellers to make online transactions on millions of patent assets across 77 countries.

  • May 5, 2008

    3M, Canon and Others Face Projector Patent Suit

    A Georgia company has filed suit against at least 20 companies, including some of the biggest names in consumer electronics, claiming their liquid crystal display projection products infringe two light valve patents.

  • May 5, 2008

    SEC Sues GlobeTel, Claiming $120M Fraud Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is suing three GlobeTel Communications Corp. executives, claiming that they fabricated roughly $120 million of business to boost the company's stock price and illegally sold more than $1.6 million in stock.

  • May 5, 2008

    Nvidia Cleared In 3dfx Bankruptcy Trial

    A U.S. trustee's lawsuit against Nvidia Corp. over the company's 2001 acquisition of assets from its former competitor, 3dfx Interactive Inc., was dismissed by the federal bankruptcy court, Nvidia disclosed on Friday.

  • May 5, 2008

    Antitrust Hurdles Low For Possible Sprint Buyout Bid

    Reports that German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom AG may be considering a bid for Sprint Nextel Corp. raised eyebrows on Wall Street Monday. Any possible deal between the two would face significant obstacles, but antitrust approval from U.S. authorities is likely not one of them, experts say.

  • May 5, 2008

    SoundBite Rival Fires Back In Call-System Patent Spat

    Universal Recovery Systems Inc. retaliated against a competitor Friday, once again accusing SoundBite Communications Inc. of infringement and fraud after it allegedly provided misleading representations of a telephone call-routing system.

  • May 5, 2008

    Volume-Control Infringement Suit Blasts TV Makers

    Sony Electronics Inc., Panasonic Corp. of North America, Philips Electronics North America Corp. and several other major television manufacturers have been zapped with a patent infringement lawsuit over technology that maintains equal volume levels for different television channels.

  • May 6, 2008

    AuthenTec Wins Judgment In Fingerprint Patent Case

    Fingerprint security company AuthenTec Inc. has won summary judgment in a patent infringement suit brought against the company by semiconductor manufacturer Atmel Corp., putting to rest claims that AuthenTec’s fingerprint scanning products infringe two Atmel patents.

  • May 6, 2008

    AMD Accuses Intel Of Bribing PC Makers

    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has filed papers ahead of a long-awaited antitrust trial in Delaware that accuse Intel Corp. of a “bag of dirty tricks,” including paying off the world's largest personal computer makers to boycott AMD.

  • May 2, 2008

    LG Reaches Deal In Iris-Recognition Technology Suit

    LG Electronics Inc. and identity-security company L-1 Identity Solutions Inc. have struck a settlement deal aimed at resolving litigation over iris-recognition technology.

  • May 2, 2008

    Judge OKs Trade Secret Claim In UNIX Software Suit

    A federal judge has kept alive a trade secrets case, complete with counterclaims of predatory pricing, that software company Syncsort Inc. brought against rival Innovative Routines International Inc. over technology that allows users to translate programming language for Syncsort's UNIX software application.

  • May 2, 2008

    Suit Claims Sprint Mismanaged Retirement Plans

    Wireless communications provider Sprint Nextel Corp. is the latest company to be hit with a putative class action on behalf of workers alleging their employee retirement plans heavily invested in poorly performing company stock.

  • May 2, 2008

    U.S. Asks For En Banc Hearing In Nacchio Case

    The U.S. government is asking for another at bat in the insider trading case of the former chief executive of Qwest Communications International Inc., requesting a hearing before all the judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

  • May 2, 2008

    Qualcomm Faces Second Antitrust Class Action

    Qualcomm Inc. is looking to move an antitrust consumer class action from state court to district court, where the company is already facing a similar suit brought by stockholders claiming the company engaged in anti-competitive behavior in the market for certain cell phone chip sets.