Technology

  • April 5, 2007

    Licensee Loses Bid For Part Of $150M Sony Settlement

    A licensee that claims to have exclusive rights to patents at the heart of a $150 million dispute with Sony has lost a fight to sue the Japanese electronics maker for infringement.

  • April 5, 2007

    EU To Force Microsoft To Share License Data For Free

    Microsoft Corp., currently facing antitrust charges in the European Union, may be forced by EU regulators to surrender licensing communications codes for its Windows operating system to rivals at little or no cost.

  • April 5, 2007

    SEC Probes Take-Two Over Options Grants

    Marking the latest blow to Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., the troubled software publisher said it is under formal investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over its accounting for stock options grants.

  • April 5, 2007

    EBay Sued For Anti-Competitive Conduct

    Online auctioneer eBay Inc. is facing a proposed class action lawsuit for allegedly using illegal tying schemes to charge sellers excessive fees.

  • April 5, 2007

    Wisconsin Judge Chucks Ricoh Dispute

    Citing lack of personal jurisdiction, a Wisconsin judge has tossed a complaint brought by Japanese office equipment maker Ricoh Co. Ltd. against a group of Taiwanese rivals for allegedly violating four of its patents covering optical disk technologies.

  • April 5, 2007

    Circuit City Layoffs Prompt Age Discrimination Suit

    Electronics retailer Circuit City Stores Inc.’s plan to reduce costs by laying off 3,400 high-waged workers has prompted a proposed class action lawsuit claiming age discrimination.

  • April 5, 2007

    Nokia Pays Qualcomm $20M In Licensing Agreement

    Though Nokia Corp. agreed Thursday to pay rival Qualcomm Inc. $20 million to license a group of its patents, the payment will not bring an end to the patent feud brewing between the two companies.

  • April 4, 2007

    Circuit Orders Disclosure Of MediaTek Attorney Letters

    A Taiwanese computer chip maker which is being sued by Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. for infringing CD-ROM chip patents must produce attorney-client communications it sought to keep out of court, a circuit court ruled.

  • April 4, 2007

    SafeNet Recoups $1.6M From Former Execs

    Two former SafeNet Inc. executives will reportedly transfer $1.6 million back to the company for their role in backdating stock options.

  • April 4, 2007

    Adelphia Bondholders Come Up Short Again

    A federal judge has dashed the hopes of Adelphia Communications Corp.’s bondholders, who had been seeking to challenge the cable provider’s reorganization plan in order to score an additional $250 million payout.

  • April 4, 2007

    AMD Loses Bid To Stay CEO Depositions

    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has lost its bid to stay the depositions of its chief executives in a long-running patent infringement spat with rival Tessera Inc. involving semiconductor chip-scale packaging technology.

  • April 4, 2007

    ITC Probes SiRF Complaint On GPS Patents

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has initiated an investigation into whether Global Locate Inc. infringed upon SiRF Technology Holdings Inc.’s global positioning satellite patents, SiRF said Wednesday.

  • April 4, 2007

    Seiko Epson Cheers ITC Ruling

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has given Japan’s Seiko Epson Corp. a favorable ruling in its bid to stop 24 international companies from importing allegedly infringing products into the United States, the company said Wednesday.

  • April 3, 2007

    E.U. Probes iTunes Cross-Border Restrictions

    The European Commission has launched a probe into allegations that agreements between Apple Computer Inc. and major music labels have restricted cross-border access to Apple's online iTunes stores in violation of antitrust laws.

  • April 3, 2007

    Ex-Cox Manager Flees From Authorities

    Faced with an indictment for insider-trading and other charges, a former manager of investor relations for Cox Communications Inc. has given federal authorities the slip.

  • April 3, 2007

    Jury Rewards Informatica With $25M Verdict

    A federal jury has awarded $25.2 million to Informatica Corp., which alleged that rival software company Business Objects SA had infringed its patents through the sale of a data integration product.

  • April 3, 2007

    Qualcomm Files Two New Patent Suits Against Nokia

    Cell phone chip maker Qualcomm Inc. filed two new patent infringement suits against Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia Corp. in separate U.S. federal courts on Monday, claiming Nokia’s GSM/GPRS/EDGE phones infringe five of Qualcomm’s patents.

  • April 2, 2007

    EMI To Sell Music Free Of Copyright Protection

    EMI Music Group and Apple Inc. on Monday became the first to sell music free of technology designed to protect copyrights, making it easier for consumers to listen to music from whatever device they choose.

  • April 3, 2007

    GPS Rivals Clash Over Patents In ITC

    Global Locate Inc. has fired back against rival SiRF Technology Inc.’s patent infringement claims regarding global positioning satellite technology by filing a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • March 30, 2007

    Dell Delays 10-K As Auditors Find Signs Of Misconduct

    Evidence of misconduct uncovered by auditors investigating Dell Inc.’s accounts has forced the computer maker to delay filing its financials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.