In a decision with wide implications for interpretations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a federal appeals court has vacated an injunction that barred Static Control Components from making or selling computer chips that match remanufactured toner cartridges to Lexmark International printers.
California-based computer equipment maker Foundry Networks has agreed to pay $35 million as part of a four-year licensing deal with Canadian rival Nortel Networks to settle the patent litigation between the two companies.
Microsoft lawyers have told a panel of the Japanese Fair Trade Commission that the software maker has dropped a provision in its licensing agreement that bars competitors from filing patent infringement lawsuits against the company, but argued that the clause is proper and widely accepted.
A federal court has granted Agilent Technologies Inc’s motion to add two patents to the pending patent infringement lawsuit against PixArt Imaging Inc. over its optical mouse sensor technology.
A Sydney court has begun hearing oral arguments in what the music industry calls a “landmark lawsuit” against “one of the world’s largest copyright infringers.”
Canadian payment processor LML Patent Corp.’s patent infringement lawsuit against four rivals over systems that convert paper checks into electronic transactions has been scheduled for an April 2006 trial, the company said.
In a development that could spell trouble for the European Union’s controversial plans for the introduction of software patents, Germany’s four largest political parties have agreed to demand changes to a proposal that would allow widespread patenting of computer programs.
U.S. visual information technology company Ampex Corp. has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against Eastman Kodak Co. and a Japanese subsidiary for alleged infringement of a patented digital camera technology.
U.S. songwriters and commercial radio stations have penned a record $1.7 billion licensing deal covering royalties for music played on the radio and online.
A federal judge has tentatively granted chip maker Rambus’ motion to separate a patent infringement suit from antitrust claims brought by South Korean rival Hynix Semiconductor.
Flash-memory drive maker SanDisk Corp. has sued STMicroelectronics for patent infringement in federal court and filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to bar import of the rival’s drives.
A Quebec court has ordered the Canadian Space Agency to pay $800,000 in damages to a former Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher who invented a high-performance alloy appropriated by the agency.
Diebold Election Systems has agreed to pay $125,000 in damages and fees to a group of students who argued the company abused the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to cover up problems with its voting machines.
A federal judge has ordered Rockwell Electronic Commerce Corporation to pay Golden Voice Technology & Training, LLC more than $3.5 million for infringing its patented telephone call center technology.
In another coup for the small firm that won a $565 million judgment against Microsoft in the controversial Eolas patent suit, a federal judge has denied Microsoft’s motions for summary judgment in a strikingly similar patent suit involving a key Windows feature.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to take on the music industry’s appeal of a lower court’s finding that circumscribed the use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 to obtain subpoenas for the identities of suspected music pirates from internet service providers.
The U.S. Justice Department will seek to adopt legal strategies employed in the wars on drugs and terrorism, including wiretapping, in a global crackdown on piracy in the entertainment industry, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced on Tuesday.
MediaTek has added Sunext Technology as a co-respondent in its patent infringement complaint filed with the U.S International Trade Commission (ITC) against Zoran and Oak Technology, according to a filing with the Taiwanese Stock Exchange.
Acacia Technologies, the intellectual property holding company behind a slew of controversial licensing claims for its streaming-media patents, has set its sights on Wi-Fi hotspot operators with demands for licensing fees for a newly purchased patent.
Major entertainment companies have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower-court ruling that shields creators of internet file-sharing software from copyright infringement liability.