Technology

  • October 23, 2008

    New Antitrust Allegations Axed In CNET Patent Spat

    A federal judge in northern California denied product data provider Etilize Inc.’s bid to add allegations that CNET Networks Inc. ran afoul of the Sherman Act by asserting patents CNET knew were invalid to its counterclaims, and to have two database patents asserted against Etilize by plaintiff CNET declared invalid.

  • October 23, 2008

    Kelley Drye Not Conflicted In Tricom Case: Judge

    A federal judge has allowed Kelley Drye & Warren LLP to continue defending Tricom Card Technologies Inc. in a patent suit over electronic authentication technology, rejecting plaintiff Intelli-Check Inc.'s argument that the firm has a conflict of interest.

  • October 22, 2008

    7th Circ. Affirms Ruling In Ericsson Asbestos Dispute

    Telecommunications company Ericsson Inc. did not violate federal environmental cleanup laws when it sold off an industrial site and left behind an inactive, asbestos-containing boiler system, an appeals court has affirmed.

  • October 22, 2008

    Nacchio Trial Judge Resigns Amid Scandal

    The federal judge who presided over the insider trading trial of former Qwest Communications International Inc. CEO Joseph P. Nacchio has announced his resignation amid allegations that he visited pornographic Web sites at work, visited a strip club and hired prostitutes.

  • October 22, 2008

    Antitrust Suit Over RFID Patent Dismissed

    A federal judge has thrown out an antitrust suit over the market for radio frequency identification chips, ruling that Datamars SA's claim that AVID Identification Systems Inc. violated the Sherman Act by attempting to enforce a fraudulently obtained patent had already been decided.

  • October 22, 2008

    Traffic System Patent Holder Guns For Wireless Cos.

    Texas patent-holding company Traffic Information LLC is going full throttle against a group of wireless communications companies, including Motorola Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America LLC, alleging their products infringe patents covering a traffic-detection system.

  • October 22, 2008

    PC Guardian, ACCO Face Off In Laptop Lock Suit

    PC Guardian Anti-Theft Products Inc. urged a federal judge Wednesday to grant it summary judgment in its patent dispute over lock technology for laptops with ACCO Brands Inc., which argued that its rival's failure to develop any proof supported summary judgment in its favor instead.

  • October 22, 2008

    ConSemi Settles In Employee Patent Theft Suit

    Almost two months after Control Systemation Inc. won summary judgment in a patent inventorship dispute, the former executive who brought the suit has agreed to stop selling the device he claimed CSI stole from him.

  • October 22, 2008

    Third Dimension, Infineon Settle Semiconductor Suit

    Technology company Infineon Technologies AG has settled an infringement lawsuit brought by rival Third Dimension Semiconductor Inc. over four patents related to semiconductor technology.

  • October 21, 2008

    Sony Faces Patent Suit Over TV-Internet Link

    Sony Electronics Inc. has been hit with a patent infringement suit by Trans Video Electronics Ltd. over a device that links online videos and other data to compatible television sets.

  • October 21, 2008

    MedioStream Adjusts Defendants In Patent Spat

    Less than a month after suing Microsoft Corp. over the same patents, DVD software maker MedioStream Inc. has again amended its complaint against several other technology companies — including Apple Inc., Sony Corp. and Dell Inc. — naming new infringing products and accusing media company Nero AG of stealing trade secrets.

  • October 21, 2008

    DOJ Clears Joint Licensing Group For RFID Patents

    The U.S. Department of Justice won't stand in the way of a proposal from a consortium of companies to jointly license patents for wireless tracking technology used in airline baggage tracking and event ticketing.

  • October 21, 2008

    Antitrust Counterclaim Survives In Flash Memory Suit

    A judge has pared STMicroelectronics Inc.'s counterclaims in a flash memory patent suit brought by SanDisk Corp., dismissing the allegation that SanDisk violated federal antitrust law by bringing sham litigation, but leaving intact ST's “Walker Process” counterclaim.

  • October 22, 2008

    American Airlines Targets Yahoo In Keyword Suit

    Having settled a trademark infringement lawsuit with Google Inc. over keyword search terms earlier this year, American Airlines Inc. has now set its sights on Yahoo Inc. with a similar suit.

  • October 21, 2008

    Fairchild, Alpha & Omega Resolve Patent Dispute

    A patent dispute between Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. and rival Alpha & Omega Semiconductor Inc. ended on Monday when the companies settled infringement claims against each other by agreeing to license each other’s patents.

  • October 22, 2008

    TPL Loses Bid To Toss Microprocessor Patent Suits

    Technology Properties Ltd. has lost its bid to throw out, transfer or stay three separate declaratory judgment actions filed against it by three consumer electronics companies over a group of patents covering different aspects of high-speed computer microprocessors.

  • October 20, 2008

    Terms Defined In Freedom Wireless Phone Patent Suit

    A magistrate judge in Freedom Wireless Inc.'s long-running prepaid wireless calling technology patent crusade issued an order on Friday defining the claim terms in Freedom's infringement suit against Alltel Wireless Inc., Cingular Wireless Inc. and two other cell phone service providers.

  • October 20, 2008

    Fed. Circ. Reverses Verisign Credit Card Patent Claims

    An appellate court has reversed in part a summary judgment granted to Verisign Inc. and other defendants in a feud with Net MoneyIN Inc. over patents for encryption techniques used to secure credit card transactions over the Internet.

  • October 31, 2008

    Eyeing Job Seekers' MySpace Could Be Legal Pitfall

    Employers are increasingly turning to Web sites like MySpace and Facebook as cheap and convenient alternatives to applicant background checks, but the online social networks are rife with legal pitfalls for a company that is looking to hire, labor and employment attorneys warn.

  • October 20, 2008

    Global Satellite Radio Co. Falls Into Ch. 11

    Satellite radio company Worldspace Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing continuing losses and a failure to refinance secured notes worth about $53.6 million in a tightening credit market.