Technology

  • September 30, 2005

    Nortel In Settlement Talks Over Class-Action Suits

    Canadian telecommunications gear maker Nortel Networks Corp. is in talks to settle two securities fraud class-action lawsuits, the company said Friday.

  • October 6, 2005

    USPTO Rejects Microsoft Computer File Patents

    In a setback for Microsoft, Inc., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected two patents relating to the software maker’s “FAT” system for recognizing computer files.

  • October 6, 2005

    Ricoh Settles Patent Suit Over CD, DVD Technologies

    Japanese office equipment maker Ricoh Co. said Wednesday it has dropped patent infringement lawsuits over CD and DVD technologies against Taiwanese competitors after reaching settlements.

  • October 6, 2005

    Grubman Loses To Investors in Arbitration

    Former Salomon Smith Barney telecom analyst Jack Grubman and Citigroup, Inc. have been ordered to pay $2.41 million to a Boston couple who claimed they lost all their money after investing in WorldCom stock upon Grubman’s advice.

  • October 5, 2005

    Yahoo Braves Murky Waters To Create Online Library

    Yahoo Inc. has joined the race to offer a comprehensive online library of digitized books, audio and video, challenging Google Inc.’s efforts already underway and learning from its rival’s legal problems over alleged copyright infringement.

  • October 5, 2005

    Federal Circuit Rules For Earth Resource In Lizardtech Appeal

    The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a lower court ruling that found Earth Resource Inc. did not infringe Lizardtech Inc’s patent for compressing large computer images.

  • October 5, 2005

    Sprint, Vonage Clash Over Voice Over Packet Technology

    Telecommunications giant Sprint Nextel Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Vonage Holdings Corp., alleging the broadband phone company infringed seven of its patents for voice-over-packet technology.

  • October 3, 2005

    Judge Rejects $100 Million Settlement For Oracle’s Ellison, Questions Legal Fees

    A federal judge has rejected Oracle's $100 million settlement over alleged insider trading, questioning why Oracle’s shareholders should be left to pay $24 million in legal fees for CEO Larry Ellison.

  • October 4, 2005

    Viewpointe Files Countersuit In Electronic Check Case

    A company targeted by Data Treasury Corp. in its far-flung patent lawsuit against major banks over electronic check technology has fired back with a lawsuit of its own, seeking to invalidate the patents due to material misrepresentations and inequitable conduct before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • October 4, 2005

    Video Game Accessory Infringes With New Claims Construction, Federal Circuit Rules

    Interact Accessories Inc., the largest video game accessories maker in the United States, suffered a setback Monday after a favorable decision for the company in district court was partially reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

  • October 4, 2005

    Acacia In New Deal With AMD Over Bar-Code Patents

    Integrated circuits maker Advanced Micro Devices entered into yet another licensing agreement with Acacia Research, this time over multi-dimensional barcode technology.

  • October 4, 2005

    Supreme Court Deals Final Blow To University In LCD Patent Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the University of Illinois’ appeal for sovereign immunity in a patent dispute over plasma displays with Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu.

  • October 4, 2005

    Second ITC Defeat For MediaTek in Zoran Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that chip maker Zoran’s optical disk controller chips do not infringe the patents of Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek. The ruling marks the second ITC victory for Zoran in two weeks, as the ITC upheld the validity of the company’s chip patents against a challenge from MediaTek in a ruling issued Sept. 29.

  • October 3, 2005

    Toshiba Slaps Hynix With Another Patent Infringement Suit

    Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. has filed another lawsuit against chip maker Hynix Semiconductor, alleging the South Korean company infringed its patent for a method of producing semiconductors. The suit adds another chapter to the extensive history of litigation between the two companies.

  • October 3, 2005

    SEC Alleges Deloitte Auditors Aided in Adelphia Fraud

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has initiated administrative proceedings against two Deloitte & Touche auditors who allegedly aided in the Adelphia accounting fraud in 2000.

  • October 3, 2005

    Smith & Nephew, ArthroCare Settle Patent Suit Over Surgical Devices

    After losing at the Federal Circuit, U.K. medical device maker Smith & Nephew Inc. has settled a patent infringement lawsuit brought by rival ArthoCare Corp. over minimally invasive surgical devices.

  • September 30, 2005

    Renewed Hope For BlackBerry Maker As USPTO Rejects Controversial Patents

    In a victory for Blackberry maker Research In Motion, all eight patents asserted against the company have been rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, giving RIM renewed hope in a drawn-out battle that may head to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • September 30, 2005

    AMD Settles With Acacia Over Computer Cache Patent

    Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. has agreed to license chipset technology from Acacia Technologies' newest subsidiary in a deal that ends litigation in federal court in the Northern District of California.

  • September 30, 2005

    Tri-Vision, Best Buy Settle Unusual V-Chip Suit

    Tri-Vision International Ltd. has settled its lawsuit against Best Buy Canada over a patent for v-chip technology, bringing an end to the highly unusual court battle that began this spring.

  • September 30, 2005

    LCD Patent Fight Rages On As LG.Philips Files New Suit

    Undeterred by a federal court dismissal last week, LG.Philips LCD Co. has filed another suit against Chunghwa Picture Tubes alleging patent infringement.