Technology

  • March 20, 2008

    Appeals Court Reverses Noninfringement Ruling

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed summary judgment in a patent dispute over menu board technology, finding that the lower court incorrectly construed most of the claims at issue and relied heavily on guidance from attorneys to interpret the case.

  • March 20, 2008

    Retailers Lose Bid To Invalidate Gift Card Patent

    An Illinois federal judge has allowed an infringement case against Barnes & Noble Inc. and Aeropostale Inc. to proceed after denying claims that MedCom USA Inc.'s patent for prepaid phone and gift card technology is invalid.

  • March 20, 2008

    Injunction Against Qualcomm Chips Survives Appeal

    An appellate judge refused Tuesday to block a lower court's permanent injunction barring Qualcomm Inc. from importing and selling chips and devices that allegedly infringe three Broadcom Corp. patents.

  • March 20, 2008

    ITC Probes Sony In LED Patent Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened an investigation into whether more than 30 major electronics companies, including Sony Corp., infringed a Columbia University professor’s technology covering short-wavelength light-emitting diodes and laser diodes.

  • March 20, 2008

    School Consultant Gets Prison For Bid-Rigging

    A judge sentenced a former education consultant to 7 ½ years behind bars Wednesday after she was convicted of 22 counts of fraud, bid-rigging and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a federal program to connect school districts and libraries to the Internet.

  • March 19, 2008

    Ex-Brocade Exec Gets Jail, Fine In Backdating Case

    Stephanie Jensen, the former human resources chief of Brocade Communications Systems Inc., was sentenced on Wednesday to four months in prison and ordered to pay a $1.25 million fine for her alleged role in a stock options backdating scandal, Dow Jones reported.

  • March 19, 2008

    Nortel Damages Reduced By $16.3M

    Nortel Networks Inc. was unable to win a new trial in a dispute over digital-communication-networks data-management patents on Tuesday, but it did convince a federal judge to reduce the jury's $28.1 million damages award to $11.82 million.

  • March 19, 2008

    Enron Trio Loses Bid To Quash New Indictment

    A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by former executives of Enron Corp.'s broadband unit to dismiss a government indictment that they claim rehashes charges already tried.

  • March 20, 2008

    Partial Judgment Granted In Laptop Lock Case

    The judge in a patent dispute between two companies that make locks for laptop computers has partially granted the plaintiff's motion for summary judgment.

  • March 20, 2008

    Settlement Nears In Marvell Backdating MDL

    The multidistrict derivative suit against Marvell Technology Group Ltd.'s board of directors over allegations of options backdating and insider trading has been put on hold as the two sides finalize a tentative settlement.

  • March 19, 2008

    Bank Liquidators Allege Telecom Exec Stole $120M

    A bankrupt telecommunications company may find itself at the center of the Chapter 11 case of a different company, after liquidators of Bancredit Cayman Ltd. alleged that the company may have stolen $120 million from the bank.

  • March 25, 2008

    Townsend Welcomes IP Expert To Seattle Office

    Townsend & Townsend & Crew LLP has hired patent attorney Roger D. Wylie, former managing partner of Leydig Voit & Mayer Ltd.'s Seattle office, in its medical and mechanical devices practice group, the firm announced.

  • March 19, 2008

    Davis Polk Catches Star IP, Antitrust Litigator

    Davis, Polk & Wardwell has snagged a partner with long experience litigating intellectual property, antitrust and complex commercial cases in a range of industries that includes technology, media and entertainment.

  • March 18, 2008

    Judge Won't Let Deloitte Off For Adelphia Audit

    A judge has denied a second plea by Deloitte & Touche LLP to be dropped as a co-defendant from the multidistrict securities litigation against Adelphia Communications Corp., saying the firm's argument was interesting but unpersuasive.

  • March 18, 2008

    Suit Says Palm Infringes Autodialing Technology

    Palm Inc., which makes the Treo line of smartphones, has been hit with an infringement suit over wireless phone automatic dialing technology.

  • March 18, 2008

    Dish Takes Issue With $74M TiVo Damages Award

    Dish Network Corp. has asked an appeals court to reconsider its decision to uphold a district court's $74 million damages award to TiVo Inc. for infringement of its patent covering digital video recording software, arguing that TiVo relied on contradictory evidence.

  • March 19, 2008

    U.K., European Offices At Odds Over Software Patents

    A U.K. patent office denial of a Symbian Ltd. computer program patent application has been reversed by a court ruling, illustrating a divide between the U.K. Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office over software patents.

  • March 18, 2008

    Motorola Radio's Chirp Can't Be Trademarked: USPTO

    Motorola Inc.'s attempt to trademark a sound made by its two-way radios has been turned back by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which agreed with arguments made by Motorola's competitor Nextel Communications Inc. that the sound does not function as a mark.

  • March 18, 2008

    Verizon Wraps Up BusyBox Suit With Settlement

    Verizon Communications LLC has reached a settlement with two open-source software developers that claimed the telecommunications giant violated the GNU General Public License by not offering the source code.

  • March 17, 2008

    House Members Frown On FCC's Ownership Rules

    A team of members of the U.S. House of Representatives has joined fellow senators in a bid to thwart the widespread consolidation expected to come from the Federal Communications Commission's new media cross-ownership rules.