Technology

  • January 3, 2006

    Citigroup Settles With Inventor Over Phone Banking

    Financial services company Citigroup Inc. has settled a patent infringement lawsuit brought by pioneering inventor Ronald A. Katz, who boasts a wide-ranging portfolio that has already earned him more than $1 billion.

  • January 3, 2006

    Acacia Unit Targets Airlines Over Browsing Method

    A host of domestic and international airlines are the targets of a patent lawsuit that seeks to make them pay up for using a common way of presenting internet content.

  • January 2, 2006

    Sony Surrenders In Anti-Piracy Scandal

    Bombarded by class action lawsuits over its failed anti-piracy technology, music entertainment giant Sony BMG has tentatively agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs that accused the company of putting consumers’ computers at risk.

  • January 2, 2006

    Patent Suits Break Decade-Old Trend, Drop In '05

    2005 was a big year for intellectual property lawsuits, with combined patent, copyright and trademark cases jumping 14% over 2004, according to a survey conducted by IP Law Bulletin. But behind those numbers is a surprising trend: patent litigation is on the decline in the U.S., while copyright litigation is exploding thanks to aggressive enforcement actions by the entertainment industry.

  • January 2, 2006

    LCD Makers Settle Patent Dispute

    Amid a wave of litigation over lucrative flat-panel display technology, Hong Kong electronics maker Proview and Japanese rival Hitachi have settled a U.S. lawsuit brought by Hitachi over LCD monitor patents.

  • January 1, 2006

    Google In $5B Suit Over Online Phone Product

    Internet search company Google Inc. has been sued for $5 billion for allegedly violating patents for voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technology held by a small patent holding firm.

  • January 1, 2006

    Apple Sued Over Keyboard Technology

    Apple Computer Inc. is being challenged by a United Kingdom-based company over keyboard technology used in its Mac G4 line of PowerBooks and iBooks.

  • January 1, 2006

    MEMC Files Semiconductor Patent Suit After Raid

    Semiconductor giant MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. has sued French chip equipment maker Soitec S.A. for violation of MEMC's European patents on defect-free silicon, or “perfect Silicon”.

  • January 1, 2006

    Nokia Loses Final Appeal To Avoid $252M Payment

    Finish mobile phone maker Nokia Corp. has lost its final bid to avoid paying a $252 million award to wireless technology firm InterDigital Communications Corp. to settle drawn-out arbitration between the two rivals.

  • December 30, 2005

    Ex-Qwest VP Pleads Guilty In Fraud Case

    A former executive of telecommunications company Qwest Communications has reached a plea bargain with federal prosecutors, pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud and agreeing to cooperate with the investigation into former Qwest CEO Ralph Nacchio.

  • December 21, 2005

    Texas Expands Suit Vs. Sony BMG

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has expanded his lawsuit against Sony BMG Music Entertainment in the wake of a spyware scandal surrounding the music publisher’s failed anti-piracy technology on music CDs.

  • December 22, 2005

    "Jews For Jesus" Sues Google Over Trademark

    Just days before Christmas, the Christian evangelical group Jews for Jesus Inc. sued Google Inc. in federal court, accusing the search engine powerhouse of trademark infringement in one of its 8 billion web pages.

  • December 21, 2005

    Ex-Qwest CEO Indicted On 42 Counts Of Insider Trading

    Former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio has been indicted on 42 counts of insider trading, in a criminal indictment handed down by a grand jury in Denver. The charges stem from Nacchio’s sale of 2.5 million shares of Qwest stock that netted him over $100 million.

  • December 21, 2005

    Former Lucent Execs Settle With SEC In $1.1B Fraud

    A federal investigation into communications equipment maker Lucent Technologies Inc. over allegations of accounting fraud worth $1.1 billion has yielded two more settlements from former Lucent employees.

  • December 20, 2005

    Honeywell, Citizen In LCD Patent Row

    Electronics maker Honeywell International has filed another suit in its quest to protect its intellectual property covering LCD technology, this time targeting Citizen Watch Co.

  • December 19, 2005

    BlackBerry Maker Cheers USPTO Snub Of Patent Foe

    Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd. has reason to celebrate after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected claims within yet another patent being asserted by patent holding company NTP Inc.

  • December 19, 2005

    Feds To File Criminal Charges Against Ex-Qwest CEO

    Former Qwest chief executive Joseph Nacchio is facing a criminal indictment over allegations of insider trading, according to a published report.

  • December 19, 2005

    Telecom Exchange Sues Rival Over Trading Technology

    Electronic telecommunications exchange firm Arbinet-thexchange Inc. sued rival World-Link Telecom Inc. Monday, asserting its patents for electronic trading of telecommunications capacity.

  • December 16, 2005

    Judge Stays bcgi Injunction In Freedom Wireless Case

    A federal appeals court has granted telecommunications company Boston Communications Group’s emergency motion to stay an injunction that would have shut down its prepaid wireless service and cost the company up to 70% of its revenue.

  • December 16, 2005

    Yahoo Settles With Forgent Over JPEG Patent

    Patent holder Forgent Network’s litigation campaign has paid off once again, with Yahoo Inc. settling a patent dispute over ubiquitous JPEG imaging technology.