Technology

  • September 1, 2006

    ABB Resolves Lummus Asbestos Claims

    Swiss-based engineering giant ABB Ltd. said Friday it had resolved asbestos claims against Lummus, its U.S. subsidiary, in a move that puts to rest the unit’s asbestos liabilities and opens the door for its sale.

  • August 31, 2006

    Storagetek Objects To SGI’s Reorganization Plan

    In a motion filed Wednesday, Storage Technology Corp. objected to Silicon Graphics Inc.’s reorganization plan, stating the plan proposes to limit and postpone the payment of over $1 million owed to Storagetek.

  • August 31, 2006

    First Charged In Backdating Scheme Plead Not Guilty

    The first two former executives to face criminal charges in the stock-option backdating scandal pled not guilty Wednesday, but they likely won’t go to trial for nearly a year.

  • August 31, 2006

    Sprint's VoIP Battle Earns Two Settlements

    Telecommunications giant Sprint Nextel Corp. reached a settlement Thursday with two defendants in its patent infringement lawsuit over Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, according to a company statement.

  • August 30, 2006

    Silicon Graphics Holds On To Bankruptcy Leash

    Swayed by Silicon Graphics Inc.’s argument, a federal bankruptcy judge has granted the high-performance computer maker another four months to wield sole control over its reorganization process.

  • August 28, 2006

    California Lifts Price Control For Telecom Companies

    In a surprising turn for a state known for its affection for regulation, the California Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 on Thursday to lift most price controls for local telephone service providers, saying competition from new technologies would keep prices fair.

  • August 28, 2006

    Ricoh Accuses Taiwanese Competitors Of Patent Infringement

    Japanese office equipment maker Ricoh Co. Ltd. has sued two rival Taiwanese companies for allegedly violating four of its patents on optical disk technologies.

  • August 28, 2006

    SGI Objects to LGE’s Patent Claims In Ch. 11 Case

    Silicon Graphics Inc. filed an objection to claims made by its rival LG Electronics over patent infringement in SGI’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, asking the court on Monday to disallow them in their entirety.

  • August 28, 2006

    EchoStar In $100M Copyright Settlement With Networks

    EchoStar Communications Corp. agreed Monday to pay $100 million to hundreds of U.S. network affiliates to end a drawn-out copyright infringement battle and avoid the “dramatic” consequences of a service shutdown approved last week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • August 28, 2006

    Court Clears Two Asian Giants In DRAM Feud

    After years of accusations and counterclaims, a New Jersey federal court has ruled that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. did not infringe on each other's dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip patents.

  • August 28, 2006

    Taiwan TSMC Sues China SMIC For Agreement Breach

    The battle between China and Taiwan in the realm of intellectual property continued on Monday when Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. announced that it had filed a new lawsuit against Chinese rival Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.

  • August 25, 2006

    Holding Company Extends Patent Crusade

    Patent holding company Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing L.P. has filed another patent infringement suit, asserting 17 patents covering communications and messaging technology against over a dozen companies.

  • August 25, 2006

    Google Performs Search For New Ways Of Investing

    Popular search engine Google Inc. has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission for an exemption that would allow it to diversify its investments without being regulated as a mutual fund.

  • August 24, 2006

    Scandinavia Mulls iTunes Antitrust Crackdown

    At a meeting in Iceland on Thursday, Scandinavian consumer regulators discussed the direction of their challenge with Apple Computer Inc. over antitrust issues because the iPod and its online music store is not compatible with competitors’ products.

  • August 24, 2006

    Ex-Comverse Chief Tracked Down In Sri Lanka

    Comverse Technology Inc. founder and former chief executive Jacob “Kobi” Alexander has reportedly been tracked down in Sri Lanka by a private investigator hired by a U.S. venture capital fund seeking to keep Comverse’s stock price up.

  • August 24, 2006

    Experts Eye "Section 5" Resurgence In Rambus Case

    After this month’s Federal Trade Commission ruling in the closely watched Rambus case, some legal experts are wondering whether the decision signals a bellwether for the revival of the more expansive antitrust philosophy of days gone by.

  • August 24, 2006

    Court OKs Silicon Graphics’ Bid For Backstop Deals

    Paving the way for Silicon Graphics Inc.’s emergence from Chapter 11 protection, a bankruptcy judge on Wednesday gave the company the green light to enter into backstop commitments for a rights offering to be conducted through its reorganization plan.

  • August 25, 2006

    EchoStar Hit With More Bad News

    Still reeling from the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to enforce an injunction, EchoStar Communications Corp. has been slapped with another patent infringement suit over its digital satellite television products and processes.

  • August 24, 2006

    Apple To Pay $100M To Settle Creative Dispute

    In a stunning legal turnaround, Apple Computer Inc. has agreed to fork out $100 million to Singapore-based Creative Technology Ltd. and put to rest a slew of troublesome patent disputes over MP3 technology used in its popular iPod digital music player.

  • August 23, 2006

    Judge Denies Netflix Motion To Dismiss

    A judge has denied Netflix’ request to dismiss claims by rival Blockbuster that it is trying to monopolize the online movie rental market by using unenforceable patents.