Technology

  • January 18, 2008

    Judge Defines E-Mail Patent Claims In Visto Case

    A magistrate judge has sorted out more than a dozen claim construction disputes stemming from Visto Corp.’s four patents at issue in its infringement case against Good Technology over e-mail synchronization devices.

  • January 18, 2008

    Shell, Pier 1 Face Magnetic-Strip Patent Suit

    A Florida-based patent-holding company has added Shell Oil Co., Pier 1 Imports Inc. and Metromedia Steakhouses Co. LP to its hit list of alleged infringers of multifunctional, magnetic-strip card technology.

  • January 18, 2008

    Stoneridge's Effects Felt In Securities Action

    The judge overseeing a federal securities suit accusing several financial companies of manipulating a Greek telecommunications stock has asked both sides to take account of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision striking down “scheme liability” as they brief pending motions to toss the case.

  • January 18, 2008

    Google Drops Defense Lawyers In Viacom Case

    Google Inc. has hauled in a new law firm to replace part of the popular search engine’s defense team against Viacom Inc.’s $1 billion copyright infringement suit.

  • January 18, 2008

    Intel Faces Another Antitrust Class Action

    An Idaho law firm filed a purported class action on Thursday against Intel Corp. on behalf of Intel's customers, alleging the company has illegally obtained and enforced a monopoly in the processor market.

  • January 18, 2008

    T-Mobile Customers Collect $2.2M Under Settlement

    T-Mobile USA Inc. has to shell out millions of dollars to resolve a class action brought by subscribers who alleged they were being charged a few dollars too many for data access services.

  • January 30, 2008

    Senate Bill May Do Damage to Damages: Sources

    Wielding the power to potentially curtail damages in many patent suits, the U.S. Senate's Patent Reform Act has been fiercely debated among patent experts, who question what the proposals to alter damage awards would do to patent litigation.

  • January 17, 2008

    Convolve's Disk Technology Patentable: USPTO

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences has ruled that Convolve Inc.'s patents on disk drive technology, the subject of the company's legal battle with rival Seagate Inc., are valid, Convolve announced on Thursday.

  • January 28, 2008

    Patent-Granting System Awaits Serious Shake-Up

    The U.S. Senate is poised to push forward this spring on its long-anticipated, fiercely contested patent reform legislation – a bill that, in its current form, has the potential to dramatically change how and why the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awards patents to inventors.

  • January 29, 2008

    Patent Act Won't Meet "Efficiency" Goals: Sources

    As the U.S. Senate readies to move forward with its patent reform bill, attorneys are looking closely at the effects the bill would have on patent challenges, with many questioning whether the proposed changes would meet the legislation's stated goal of making the patent system faster and more efficient.

  • January 17, 2008

    Verizon Challenges Cox Over Phone Patents

    Verizon Communications Inc. has filed suit against rival Cox Communications Inc., claiming the country’s third-largest cable provider has infringed eight Verizon patents by providing digital telephone services through its cable network.

  • January 17, 2008

    Comverse Sues Ex-Execs For $70M Over Backdating

    Comverse Technologies Inc. filed a $70 million civil suit against its former chairman and its former general counsel, both of whom face allegations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding their roles in an options backdating scandal.

  • January 16, 2008

    HP Drops One Patent Claim But Dispute Continues

    Hewlett-Packard Co. has buried its claims over one patent in a dispute against video conference system provider Tandberg Data Corp., but the wrangle continues over technology for magnetic tapes used to back up computer data.

  • January 17, 2008

    Scrabble Copyright Holders Attack Scrabulous

    Fans of the online word-game Scrabulous suddenly have more to worry about than placing their q's without u's. The game, a hit application on Facebook, has become the subject of a copyright dispute that could result in its removal from the social networking site.

  • January 16, 2008

    Reyes Gets 21 Months In Jail, $15M Fine

    The one-time head of Brocade Communications Systems Inc. was handed a 21-month prison sentence and a $15 million penalty on Wednesday for his role in a stock options backdating scandal.

  • January 16, 2008

    IBM, Asians Led Pack In Patents In 2007: Report

    IFI Patent Intelligence, a company that produces databases on patents, has released its annual list of the world's top 35 U.S. patent-winning companies, with IBM Corp. topping the list for the 14th year in a row.

  • January 17, 2008

    Circuit Voids $400M Qwest Shareholder Deal

    An appellate court has rejected 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 were not properly addressed.

  • January 16, 2008

    Net Neutrality At Issue In FCC's Comcast Inquiry

    The Federal Communications Commission on Monday formally asked for public input on Comcast Corp.'s Internet management policies and possibly opened the path for an official opinion on the issue of network neutrality.

  • January 16, 2008

    DTL Inks License With Nokia For Disputed Patent

    Patent-holding company Digital Technology Licensing LLC has inked a licensing agreement with Nokia for a patent covering signal encoding technology used in cell phones.

  • January 16, 2008

    Another Peregrine Executive's Wings Clipped

    The former president of Peregrine Systems Inc. has copped a guilty plea for allegedly lying to federal prosecutors about his role in an accounting scandal that led to the implosion of the once high-flying Silicon Valley software company.