Technology

  • September 5, 2007

    Third Circuit Revives Broadcom's Claims

    In a vindication for semiconductor company Broadcom Corp., a federal appellate court has reinstated its Sherman Act claims against cell-phone microchip maker and bitter rival Qualcomm Inc. one year after a district court dismissed Broadcom's complaint in its entirety.

  • September 5, 2007

    Acacia Unit Inks New Batch Of License Agreements

    Disc Link Corp., a subsidiary of patent-holding company Acacia Research Corp., has entered into licensing agreements with six more companies, bringing the total number of settlements to 19 since it filed a patent infringement lawsuit in December over Internet hyperlinks located on CDs and DVDs.

  • September 4, 2007

    IBM Overtime Claims Belong With Comptroller: Court

    A New York federal court judge has dismissed unpaid overtime wage claims by workers of a bankrupt IBM Corp. subcontractor, ruling that the court is not the appropriate venue for claims involving work prior to January 2002.

  • September 4, 2007

    Congress May Take Up Patent Reform Bill By Friday

    Congress has signaled that the controversial Patent Reform Act of 2007 is likely to come up for a House vote by the end of the week.

  • September 4, 2007

    American Blind Shutters Fight With Google

    After nearly four years of trademark litigation over Google's sponsored links feature, American Blind & Wallpaper Factory Inc. and Google Inc. have agreed to dismiss the case.

  • September 4, 2007

    Pioneer, Samsung Resolve Discovery Dispute

    Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. and its affiliates have agreed to produce technical data and sales figures regarding plasma display panels that Pioneer Corp. hopes will prove infringement of two patents and provide damage assessment.

  • September 4, 2007

    SAP's NetWeaver Accused Of Patent Infringement

    A Massachusetts company has filed suit against SAP AG, alleging that the German software company has infringed on its patent for supply chain management.

  • September 4, 2007

    Samsung Fires Back Over Moves To Boot Expert

    Korean electronics maker Samsung has lashed out Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. in an ongoing patent infringement suit, saying its Japanese rival's arguments for the disqualification of a damages expert are without merit and should be ignored by the Texas judge presiding over the case.

  • September 4, 2007

    Virgin Mobile Dealt Setback In Phone Patent Suit

    A federal judge has shot down Virgin Mobile USA’s bid for summary judgment in a patent infringement suit brought by a wireless communications equipment maker over videophone technology.

  • September 4, 2007

    Judge Tunes Out Iridium Creditor Claims

    In a blow to Iridium's unsecured creditors, a federal bankruptcy judge has partially rejected the idea that Motorola is to blame for the satellite-based mobile phone unit's collapse, putting a damper on their quest to regain $3.4 billion from the technology giant.

  • September 5, 2007

    German Licensing Co. Strikes Deal With Seagate

    German licensing company Papst Licensing GMbH & Co. KG has reached a licensing agreement with Seagate Technology which the company says brings every hard-disk drive manufacturer around the world under its patent umbrella for the same technology.

  • September 4, 2007

    Judge Kicks Multiple Claims In DRAM Antitrust Case

    A federal judge dismissed most—but not all—of the claims brought by state attorneys general against Dynamic Random Access Memory manufacturers on Friday in an ongoing multidistrict antitrust litigation over alleged price-fixing in the industry.

  • August 31, 2007

    O2Micro, Sony Settlement Still In The Works

    O2Micro International Ltd. and Sony Corp., having taken longer than originally anticipated to iron out the details of their patent infringement settlement, asked the court on Thursday for a 30-day extension of a stay of all case deadlines.

  • August 31, 2007

    Verizon Challenges IRS Appeal In WorldCom Case

    Reorganized debtor Verizon Business Global LLC has attempting to quash an interlocutory appeal filed by the Internal Revenue Service in WorldCom Inc.’s Chapter 11 case.

  • August 31, 2007

    Proton Dismissed From Orbsak Patent Case

    A patent holding company has filed a motion to dismiss Proton Corp. from a suit that alleges patent infringement involving digital television receivers, leaving Dell Computers as the sole remaining defendant in the case.

  • August 31, 2007

    Microsoft Settles Drawn-Out Patent Fight With Eolas

    Microsoft Corp. has reached a settlement with rival Eolas Technologies Inc., resolving a protracted patent dispute that last year resulted in a $516 million jury verdict against the software giant.

  • August 30, 2007

    AAI Adopts Tough Stance Regarding Intel

    Stepping into the Intel-AMD fray, the American Antitrust Institute has sent a strongly-worded letter to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, urging the agency to take action against Intel for what it believes is “an abuse of dominance” in the microprocessor market.

  • August 31, 2007

    DOJ, States Disagree On Microsoft Settlement

    The Department of Justice declared victory on Thursday in its antitrust enforcement efforts against Microsoft. But a group of state attorneys general were less enthusiastic about the agency’s assessment.

  • August 30, 2007

    No New Trial For Ex-Brocade CEO: Judge

    A federal judge has refused to grant a new trial to Gregory Reyes, the former chief executive officer of Brocade Communications Systems Inc., who was found guilty of orchestrating a scheme to backdate stock options at the data storage networking company.

  • August 30, 2007

    Judge's Claim Terms Order Favors Visto

    A federal judge on Tuesday handed down claim constructions in the ongoing patent case over mobile e-mail patents between Visto Corp. and Microsoft Corp., the majority of which went in Visto's favor.