Technology

  • October 8, 2008

    NY Court Revives Shareholder Suit V. Comverse

    Internal attempts by telecom company Comverse Inc. bosses to rectify illegal options backdating practices were not sufficient to head off a shareholder lawsuit, a New York appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

  • October 7, 2008

    CDW Settles More Claims In Display Screens Fight

    CDW Corp. has settled with another defendant in a complex patent suit over electronic display screens that is set to go to trial next month.

  • October 7, 2008

    Microsoft, Aloft Settle Claims In 3 Patent Suits

    Microsoft Corp. has reached a settlement with patent-holding company Aloft Media LLC that will allow the computer technology giant to bow out of three suits alleging patent infringement of certain Web browser applications and software.

  • October 6, 2008

    Dish To Pay $104M After High Court Refuses Appeal

    Dish Network Corp. will pay TiVo Inc. about $104 million in damages after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a ruling finding the company infringed TiVo's digital video recorder technology.

  • October 6, 2008

    Yahoo, Google Delay Ad Deal Pending DOJ Review

    Internet giants Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. have put their online advertising partnership on ice while regulators continue to examine the pact, which has drawn fierce opposition from competitors and lawmakers.

  • October 6, 2008

    TSMC, UniRAM Lay Down Swords Over Trade Secrets

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and UniRAM Technology Inc. will reportedly settle a long-running trade secrets dispute over specialized computer memory devices, with the Taiwanese chip maker set to withdraw its appeal of an earlier ruling against it.

  • October 6, 2008

    High Court Rejects Patent Board Appointments Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has taken on a heavy caseload this term, but one matter it has declined to hear is a challenge to the constitutionality of some appointments to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • October 6, 2008

    Judge Nixes Securities Suit Over Chinese Paging Co.

    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former president of Colgate-Palmolive Co. Inc. alleging securities fraud in a failed one-way paging operation in China.

  • October 6, 2008

    Verizon's $400M VoIP Suit V. Cox Falls On Deaf Ears

    A Virginia jury rejected Verizon Communications Inc.'s claims that Cox Communications Inc. was liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for infringing six patents related to Voice Over Internet Protocol, and found certain claims of two of Verizon's patents invalid.

  • October 3, 2008

    Skullcandy Moves To Dismiss Patent Suit V. Audiovox

    Audio products company Skullcandy Inc. on Thursday moved to settle its lawsuit against wireless communications products supplier Audiovox Corp. over a patent for an integrator that allows a user to use a music player and a mobile telephone through one set of headphones.

  • October 3, 2008

    StarTech Infringed Peripheral Switch Technology: VPI

    Computer and network device manufacturer Video Products Inc. has sued StarTech.com USA for allegedly infringing a patent related to a keyboard, video and mouse peripheral switch.

  • October 3, 2008

    Calif. Nixes Overtime For Some Skilled Tech Workers

    The state of California passed a law this week that eliminates hourly overtime pay for computer professionals who earn a salary of at least $75,000 per year.

  • October 3, 2008

    Fujifilm Settles Photo-Sharing Technology Patent Spat

    Fujifilm USA Inc. has signed a licensing agreement to resolve infringement claims alleged by patent-holding company FotoMedia Technologies LLC over three patents covering Web site technology that allows users to upload and share their photos.

  • October 3, 2008

    Board Adds Ringtone Royalty Fee, Keeps Other Rates

    A panel of federal judges in charge of setting royalty rates for recordings has decided to preserve the current royalty rate for physical products such as CDs and permanent digital downloads — but for the first time, the panel has implemented a royalty fee for ringtones.

  • October 3, 2008

    Cooley Godward Snags Displaced Heller Lawyers

    Cooley Godward Kronish LLP has scooped up 15 partners from recently dissolved Heller Ehrman LP in a move that is meant to bolster the firm's corporate and technology practices and provide a strong base for the opening of a Seattle office.

  • October 2, 2008

    Best Buy Sued For Using Spybot To Fix Computers

    The owner of Spybot Search & Destroy spyware scanner has sued Best Buy Co. Inc. for using the program without a license at its Geek Squad computer repair locations.

  • October 2, 2008

    Oracle Sued Over Database Management System

    An Australian company has filed a suit against Oracle Corp. alleging that several versions of Oracle's database management system products encroach on two data processing patents.

  • October 2, 2008

    Sen. Asks DOJ To Keep Eye On Google-Yahoo Deal

    Just two weeks after Google Inc. announced it would not wait much longer to enact its proposed advertising partnership with Yahoo Inc., a senior senator warned Thursday that the proposed deal could lead to higher prices and cause Yahoo to fall farther.

  • October 2, 2008

    IPhone Antitrust Litigation Can Go Forward: Judge

    A federal judge in Northern California has rejected motions to dismiss in a putative class action accusing Apple Inc. and AT&T Mobility LLC of violating federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the aftermarket for iPhone voice and data services.

  • October 2, 2008

    Appeals Court Affirms Case Over Short-Swing Rules

    An appeals court has affirmed a lower court's finding that National Semiconductor Corp. and Sterling Holding Company LLC do not have to disgorge short-swing profits because of two separate U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules.