Technology

  • April 17, 2009

    Honeywell Forced To Settle With Dow In Patent Spat

    A federal judge has mostly granted a request from a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co. to enforce a disputed settlement with Honeywell International Inc. of the Dow unit's infringement case over patents covering a type of resin binder.

  • April 17, 2009

    JDSU Settles Tunable Laser Patent Case

    JDS Uniphase Corp. has buried the hatchet with two companies it sued for allegedly infringing three patents related to tunable laser semiconductor chips used in optical communication systems.

  • April 16, 2009

    Hynix Moves To Toss Foreign Commerce DRAM Claims

    Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has asked a judge to dismiss Sun Microsystems Inc.'s state law claims of price manipulation in the market for dynamic random access memory arising from sales overseas, saying that the claims are preempted by the federal Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act.

  • April 16, 2009

    DOJ Seeks To Extend Antitrust Oversight Of Microsoft

    The U.S. Department of Justice and a group of state attorneys general urged a federal judge Thursday to extend court oversight of portions of a historic antitrust judgment against Microsoft Corp. for another 18 months.

  • April 16, 2009

    Class Tries To Keep Cert. In Antitrust Suit V. Comcast

    Trying to stave off a decertification bid from Comcast Corp., a group of cable subscribers has asked a federal judge to recertify the class in an antitrust suit that accuses the cable giant of illegally establishing a monopoly in the Philadelphia area.

  • April 16, 2009

    IBM Hits Back At Macy's In Patent Liability Suit

    IBM Corp. has accused Macy's of disingenuous legal conduct in a third-party patent liability suit brought by the retailer, claiming Macy's waited until just a few days before the technology giant moved for summary judgment to reverse its stance that a service agreement's language was ambiguous.

  • April 16, 2009

    Unisys Trades Crowell For Lindquist In DRAM Fight

    Unisys Corp. has swapped Crowell & Moring LLP — disqualified by a judge over a conflict of interest — with Lindquist & Vennum PLLP and Sellar Hazard Manning Ficenec & Lai in its antitrust dispute with Hynix Semiconductor Inc. and Infineon Technologies AG over the market for dynamic random access memory products.

  • April 17, 2009

    2nd Circ. Revives Esquire Case Against CBQ

    A federal appeals court has vacated a ruling that barred Esquire Trade & Finance Inc.’s claims against CBQ Inc. based on Esquire’s earlier securities fraud action against Socrates Technologies Corp. that settled in 2003.

  • April 16, 2009

    Freedom Wireless Close To Ending Phone Patent Suit

    A federal judge has entered a consent judgment against mobile Internet service provider Comverse Inc. and dismissed infringement claims against carrier Alltel Corp., bringing to a near-close Freedom Wireless Inc.'s prepaid wireless technology patent suit against the companies.

  • April 16, 2009

    Affiliated Computer Off Hook In Default Dispute

    A failure to file timely reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not constitute a breach of indenture agreement, a federal circuit court has ruled in the case of a technology company hounded by bond holders after it missed an SEC filing date while the company conducted an internal investigation into its stock options backdating practices.

  • April 15, 2009

    Broker Loses Bid For Reconsideration In Fraud Case

    A federal judge has rejected a bid for reconsideration filed by Rhino Advisors Inc. stock broker Andreas Badian, who the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused of trying to ruin a software company by engaging in short-selling fraud.

  • April 15, 2009

    Motorola Claims Ex-CFO Destroyed Evidence

    Motorola Inc. has reportedly accused its former Chief Financial Officer Paul Liska, who is pursuing a whistleblower suit against the company after being fired earlier this year, of erasing evidence related to the case from his company-issued laptop.

  • April 15, 2009

    Creditors Balk At BearingPoint Unit Sale To Deloitte

    Signaling a potential battle over the deal, two groups of creditors of bankrupt technology consulting company BearingPoint Inc. have lodged objections to a proposed sale of the company's primary business unit to Deloitte LLP, a key element of the company's restructuring effort.

  • April 15, 2009

    Comcast To Pay $16M To Resolve File-Sharing MDL

    Comcast Corp. has agreed to pay $16 million to settle multidistrict litigation accusing the cable provider of deliberately blocking customers from using peer-to-peer file-sharing programs despite advertising unfettered Internet access.

  • April 15, 2009

    EU Allows ECIS To Join Microsoft Antitrust Case

    ECIS, an association of information technology firms, has gained entry into the European Commission’s case against Microsoft Corp. as a third party and will testify against the software giant for allegedly tying Internet Explorer to its dominant Windows operating system.

  • April 16, 2009

    Holland & Knight Hires IP Guru Raysman

    Holland & Knight LLP has scored two more intellectual property partners for its New York office, including one of the former named partners of now-dissolved Thelen LLP.

  • April 15, 2009

    Hyundai Settles Auto Entertainment Patent Suit

    A holder of the rights to two patents related to automotive entertainment systems has settled infringement claims against Hyundai Motor America, leaving the case to proceed against another defendant in the case, BMW of North America LLC.

  • April 14, 2009

    Appeal Nixed In American Tower Derivative Suit

    An American Tower Corp. shareholder who filed a derivative suit against several current and former ATC directors or officers failed to set forth facts that created reasonable doubt that the company's board could exercise independent judgment in responding to the stock option backdating claims, the Massachusetts Supreme Court has held.

  • April 14, 2009

    Inventor Katz Drops Covington For Cooley Godward

    Covington & Burling LLP has sought to withdraw as counsel for patent-holding company Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing LP in its suit against Ameren Corp. accusing the energy company of infringing patents for automated call processing, noting that Katz retained another firm.

  • April 14, 2009

    Liquidating Trustee Appointed In All American Ch. 11

    A bankruptcy judge has confirmed All American Semiconductor Inc.’s third amended plan of liquidation, establishing a liquidating trustee who promptly unleashed a score of lawsuits to recover money and property for the benefit of the creditors.