Technology

  • August 9, 2006

    E.C. Turns Up Heat In DVD Probe

    The European Commission has reportedly dispatched investigators on a mission to Hollywood to find out whether manufacturers of high-definition DVDs are squeezing out competitors through exclusive deals with studios and computer manufacturers.

  • August 9, 2006

    Ericsson Brings Suit Against Freedom Wireless

    Just a few weeks after Freedom Wireless received more than $92 million in a global settlement with other wireless companies, Ericsson Inc. is seeking a declaratory judgment against Freedom that it did not violate its patents covering a method for prepaid wireless services.

  • August 9, 2006

    Former Comverse Execs Charged With Backdating

    Three former executives of software company Comverse Technology were charged on Wednesday with orchestrating a stock options scheme that reaped millions in profits, the Department of Justice said.

  • August 9, 2006

    Nokia Files Complaint Against Qualcomm

    The gloves have come off in the legal battle between telecommunication giants Nokia Corp. and Qualcomm. Responding to Qualcomm’s call for investigation into allegations of patent infringement, Nokia filed a complaint in the Delaware Court of Chancery to compel Qualcomm to adhere to international standards for licensing intellectual property.

  • August 8, 2006

    LED Maker Settles With Columbia Professor

    Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. has reached an agreement with Columbia University professor Gertrude Neumark Rothschild that will give it the rights to two patents related to light emitting diodes (LEDs).

  • August 8, 2006

    Patent Firm Wins Again in Connector Dispute

    Patent enforcement firm General Patent Corporation International has knocked another opponent out of its way, as the company carries on with its crusade to protect a slew of "smart connector" patents.

  • August 8, 2006

    Ciena, Nortel End Communications Patent Dispute

    Optical equipment maker Ciena Corp. and Canadian rival Nortel Networks Inc. have put to bed a pair of patent infringement lawsuits after wrangling for more than a year over communications networking technology.

  • August 7, 2006

    Telstra Ditches Plan For New Broadband Network

    Australian telecommunications company Telstra Corp. Ltd. cut off negotiations Monday with the country’s competition regulator after a drawn-out cost dispute over its plan to construct a $3 billion high-speed broadband network.

  • August 7, 2006

    Global Crossings Suit Against CIBC To Proceed

    A lawsuit filed by financially strapped telecommunications company Global Crossings Ltd. against the Canadian Imperial Commerce Bank will head to court, after a judge refused to toss the case completely.

  • August 8, 2006

    IBM Pensions Not Discriminatory, Appeals Court Rules

    A U.S. Appeals Court panel overturned a lower court decision Monday that said International Business Machines Corp.’s pension plan discriminated against older workers.

  • August 4, 2006

    Motorola Claims Ignorance Of Adelphia Wrongdoings

    Motorola Inc. reiterated its ignorance Wednesday of the federal investigation into Adelphia Communications Corp., which had sued the cell phone maker for defrauding it into bankruptcy.

  • August 4, 2006

    Apple Turns Up More Problems In Stock-Options Probe

    Apple Computer Inc. said Thursday it may have to restate its financial statements after an investigation into its granting of stock options uncovered more irregularities.

  • August 4, 2006

    Rambus Ruling Watched Closely By Chip Makers

    The legal landscape may look bleak for Rambus Inc. after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s recent antitrust ruling against the technology-licensing company, but Rambus is confident the decision isn’t a death-knell for its related cases.

  • August 3, 2006

    Duo Charged With Backdating Wants Case Dismissed

    The first two former executives to face criminal charges in the stock option backdating scandal appeared in court for the first time Wednesday, but their attorneys are hoping such court visits will soon be unnecessary.

  • August 3, 2006

    Google Pays AP In News Content Deal

    Google Inc. has resolved a dispute with The Associated Press, agreeing to pay for the wire service’s copyrighted news content, including articles and photographs, which the popular online search engine tracks down and displays on its Web site.

  • August 4, 2006

    LG Asks Court For Permission To Sue Silicon Graphics

    LG Electronics has asked a judge to give it permission to file a patent infringement lawsuit against Silicon Graphics Inc., relieving LGE from the stay of lawsuits against its bankrupt rival.

  • August 3, 2006

    Alcatel Accused Of Duping Standard-Setting Body

    Alcatel SA, the French telecommunications giant, duped a global standard-setting body into adopting industrywide standards without disclosing that it held patent applications for the technology, according to a federal antitrust lawsuit filed this week.

  • August 3, 2006

    AmberWave Targets Intel In Fresh Patent Suit

    Semiconductor developer AmberWave Systems Corp. has fired off a fresh patent infringement lawsuit against Intel Corp. in response to Intel’s declaratory relief action last month claiming it did not violate an AmberWave patent covering semiconductor device fabrication.

  • August 2, 2006

    Rigas Family Transfer Clinched Time Warner Deal

    A federal bankruptcy court judge approved a settlement Friday that transferred control of two cable systems from the Rigas family to Adelphia Communications Corp., setting the stage for a $17 billion sale to the company's former rivals.

  • August 2, 2006

    Apple Responds to Scandinavian Antitrust Inquiry

    Apple Computer Inc. has met a deadline imposed by a Scandinavian federal consumer agency to respond to claims that it is violating antitrust laws by not making songs purchased on its online music store compatible with other brands’ mp3 players.