Technology

  • October 27, 2008

    Broadcom Prosecutor Catches Heat For Alleged Leaks

    The prosecutor who brought criminal backdating charges against Broadcom Corp.’s former chief financial officer and other company executives has come under fire for allegedly leaking secret grand jury details and documents to the media.

  • October 27, 2008

    Netflix Sued Over E-Mail Notification Patent

    Patent-holding company Media Queue LLC has accused Netflix Inc. and other rental DVD and video game providers of infringing a patented method of notifying customers via e-mail about the status of their rental accounts.

  • October 27, 2008

    Qualcomm Hit With Patent Suit Over GPS Technology

    Gabriel Technologies Corp., a maker of security systems for the cargo industry, said it is seeking more than $1 billion in damages against Qualcomm Inc. in a suit accusing the technology giant of illegally taking credit for the company's global positioning technology.

  • October 27, 2008

    EU Deadline Passes Without Answer From Intel

    Intel Corp. has missed the deadline to respond to charges by the European Union's antitrust watchdog that it engaged in anti-competitive behavior to muscle a rival out of the computer chip business.

  • October 27, 2008

    QPSX, UTStarcom Settle Digital Network Patent Suit

    Telecommunications company UTStarcom Inc. has settled a lawsuit brought by Australian patent-holding company QPSX Development 5 Pty Ltd., which accused it and several leading mobile phone suppliers of stealing digital technology invented by three Australian scientists more than a decade ago.

  • October 27, 2008

    LG Comes Out Clean From Whirlpool Patent Suit

    A federal appeals court has handed South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. a victory in a drawn-out patent suit brought by Whirlpool Corp. over its two washing machine patents.

  • October 28, 2008

    Business Method Inventors Await Decision In Bilski

    With the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit expected to hand down a decision in the closely watched In re: Bilski case as early as this week, patent practitioners are waiting to see just how the court aims to alter the fate of business method patents in the United States.

  • October 24, 2008

    Marvell Loses Bid To Disqualify Lawyers In Patent Suit

    Chip manufacturer Marvell Semiconductor Inc. has once again lost its bid to disqualify the law firm representing the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in two patent infringement suits involving CSIRO’s patent for wireless local area networks.

  • October 24, 2008

    Acacia Unit Settles Hyperlink Patent Suit

    A subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp. has entered into a licensing deal with Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. that resolves a patent infringement suit the Acacia unit filed over CDs and DVDs with Internet hyperlinks.

  • October 24, 2008

    Atmel Fires Back At OPTi In Interface Patent Suit

    Semiconductor company Atmel Corp. has launched counterclaims for declaratory judgment in a patent suit brought by OPTi Inc. for alleged infringement of two patents for an interface system, claiming that the patents are invalid and unenforceable due to inequitable conduct in violation of U.S. patent laws.

  • October 24, 2008

    Verizon, Klausner Settle Patent Fight Over Voicemail

    Klausner Technologies and Verizon Communications have entered into a patent license agreement, settling litigation over Verizon Wireless' Visual Voicemail service, Klausner announced Friday.

  • October 24, 2008

    Expert Doubts Antitrust Claims Over Text Messaging

    Evidence does not appear to support a senator’s inquiry of the top four U.S. cell phone carriers over rising prices for text messaging or the price-fixing allegations from the 20 different proposed consumer class actions that followed, according to an antitrust expert’s analysis.

  • October 24, 2008

    Sharp Dismissed From Volume-Control Patent Suit

    Sharp Electronics was dismissed on Thursday from a suit filed against nearly a dozen major television makers for alleged infringement of a patented volume-control device.

  • October 24, 2008

    Dropped Call Case V. Sprint Stays In Fed. Court

    A proposed class action against Sprint Nextel Corp. over dropped calls will remain in federal court, now that a judge has found that the Class Action Fairness Act applies to the suit and refused the plaintiff's request to remand it to state court.

  • October 24, 2008

    5th Circ. Tosses Cell Phone Antitrust Suit

    The Fifth Circuit has upheld a lower court's dismissal of an antitrust case by Golden Bridge Technology Inc. that accused a slew of cell phone giants – including Motorola Inc., Ericsson Inc., Nokia Inc. and others – of freezing the technology company out of the market.

  • October 24, 2008

    CDW, 3rd-Party Defendants Settle In Display Suit

    A federal court has dismissed the claims of third-party plaintiff CDW Corp. against three third-party defendants in a complex patent case over electronic display screens that is slated for trial next month.

  • October 24, 2008

    CWC Reaches 3 More Settlements In Sales Patent Suit

    Uniden America Corp., Kohler Co. and Dillard's Inc. are the latest companies to settle with patent-holding company Clear With Computers LLC in a patent suit that accuses dozens of retailers of infringing two patents for an online sales method.

  • October 24, 2008

    LeapFrog Recalls Batteries, Chargers Amid Burn Fears

    Toymaker LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of rechargeable batteries and a recharging station for one of its gaming systems amid reports that the batteries could overheat and cause burns.

  • October 24, 2008

    Russian Regulator Squashes Google Takeover Bid

    In its latest run-in with competition authorities, Google Inc. has had its $140 million bid to buy one of Russia's largest online advertising companies slapped down.

  • October 23, 2008

    Visa, DataTern Resolve Web Site Patent Dispute

    Software company DataTern Inc. has reached a settlement with Visa Inc., one of numerous defendants in a lawsuit it filed earlier this year over Web design patents.