Technology

  • October 3, 2007

    AT&T Wins FLSA, Retaliation Suit

    A federal judge on Saturday tossed out an employment suit against telecommunications giant AT&T Corp. after agreeing with the company that the eight employees who started the suit fell under the executive exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • October 3, 2007

    Pioneer Asserts Display Patent Against Samsung

    The patent battle between Pioneer Corp. and Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. over plasma display panels continues to grow, with Pioneer seeking to assert a new patent and add Samsung's parent companies as defendants in the case.

  • October 4, 2007

    Judge Tosses Former IBM Workers’ Age Bias Claims

    In a boost to International Business Machines Corp., a federal judge has dismissed claims by a group of former employees that they were fired on the basis of their age, but has given the plaintiffs leave to amend their complaint.

  • October 4, 2007

    Visa Hit With Suit Over No-Contact Credit Cards

    After reaching a licensing deal for wireless credit card transaction technology with MasterCard International Inc., A California-based patent-holding company is now suing Visa International Service Association and its affiliates over similar technology.

  • October 2, 2007

    Telecoms Face Off Over Special Access Market

    Sprint Nextel Corp. Chief Executive Gary D. Forsee told lawmakers on Tuesday that the two dominant special access providers in the high volume, bulk business telecommunications market–AT&T and Verizon–are inflating special access prices and unfairly imposing anti-competitive contract terms and conditions.

  • October 2, 2007

    Regulator Says BSkyB Stake In ITV Anti-Competitive

    Rupert Murdoch-owned British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc may have to sell its 17.9% stake in independent television company ITV Plc, after the United Kingdom's antitrust regulator ruled Tuesday that the holding restricted competition and was against the public interest.

  • October 2, 2007

    Macrovision Reveals Settlement Deal With Motorola

    Macrovision Corp. announced on Tuesday that it has settled its lawsuit against Motorola Inc. over the use of analog content protection technology.

  • October 2, 2007

    Visto Holds Firm On Presumption Of Validity Dispute

    Visto Corp. asked a federal judge Monday to reject Microsoft Corp.'s request to bar Visto from discussing the principle of presumption of validity with the jury in their ongoing case over e-mail patents.

  • October 2, 2007

    Comverse Fights Back In Prepaid Phone Patent Suit

    Freedom Wireless Inc., which has sued numerous companies for allegedly infringing three prepaid phone service patents, was hit with a declaratory judgment counterclaim on Monday that seeks to dismiss one of the suits in question.

  • October 2, 2007

    DRAM Defendants Seek To Toss Plaintiffs’ Accusations

    In the ongoing multidistrict litigation against dynamic random access memory manufacturers, a group of chip makers is fighting claims in the indirect purchasers’ second amended complaint, arguing that the allegations once again fail to establish antitrust standing with respect to claims based on the purchase of products in which DRAM is a component.

  • October 1, 2007

    Goodyear Settles Suit Over Online Sales Patents

    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has become the latest big-name company to settle charges that it infringed technology for online sales methods held by patent-holding company Orion IP LLC.

  • October 1, 2007

    Microsoft Urges Judge To Curb Visto's Jury Talk

    Fearing that the jury will be unfairly swayed, Microsoft Corp. has asked the judge to toss out Visto Corp.'s request that it be allowed to discuss the so-called presumption of validity with the jury in the ongoing case over e-mail patents.

  • October 1, 2007

    Patent Case Heats Up As Sun Files Counterclaims

    Computer component maker Sun Microsystems Inc. has filed a declaratory judgment counterclaim against Abstrax Inc., which sued it for allegedly infringing a patent on a method for assembling products with a computer.

  • October 1, 2007

    Schneider Electric Must Pay $45M: China Patent Suit

    French electrical company Schneider Electric was ordered on Saturday to pay a Chinese company 330 million yuan ($45 million) in damages after losing a patent infringement case in a Western China court.

  • October 1, 2007

    Judge Rebuffs Vonage Objections In Klausner Suit

    A district court judge has cast off Vonage Holdings Corp.'s objections to a claims construction order in Klausner Technologies Inc.'s patent infringement lawsuit of voice over Internet protocol technology.

  • October 1, 2007

    All American Semiconductor Settles With Mitsubishi

    Struggling All American Semiconductor Inc. has reached a settlement with Mitsubishi Electric in an antitrust DRAM lawsuit and has asked the court to file the settlement under seal in its bankruptcy case.

  • October 1, 2007

    RFID Patent Unenforceable, Judge Says

    The Texas judge in charge of a patent infringement and unfair competition case has ruled that a patent relating to radio frequency identification technology is unenforceable due to inequitable conduct on the part of plaintiff Avid Identification Systems Inc.

  • October 1, 2007

    Dell Accountants Hit With Insider Trading Suit

    A new suit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleges three Dell Inc. accountants put their insider knowledge to lucrative and illegal use when they bought put options just before a public announcement of poor earnings made the company's stock plummet.

  • October 1, 2007

    Philips Wins $100M In Damages In Patent Disputes

    U.S. Philips Corp. has won two major victories recently and more than $100 million in damages in patent disputes involving DVD technology, attorneys for Philips said Monday.

  • October 1, 2007

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Rambus Antitrust Case

    In a blow to Hynix Semiconductor Inc., the United States Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on an antitrust case brought by Rambus Inc., the court revealed Monday.