Technology

  • July 19, 2006

    Facing Huge Fines, Microsoft Commits To Antitrust Rules

    Weighed down by confrontations with competition regulators in the U.S. and Europe, Microsoft Corp. is drafting a set of voluntary principles to ward off further antitrust concerns about its ubiquitous operating system, the company said Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2006

    Pay Phone Company Calls For Damages

    A New York City pay phone operator has accused its competitors, the city and the commission in charge of telecommunications of conspiring to control the public pay phone market through strict regulation and preferential treatment.

  • July 18, 2006

    Derivative Suit Targets Ulticom Execs

    Software maker Ulticom Inc. has become the latest tech company to get caught up in a stock options scandal, after a group of shareholders filed a derivative suit against officers and directors of the company accusing them of improperly backdating options.

  • July 18, 2006

    Advocacy Group Wants Role In Bell Merger Review

    A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy group has asked the court to allow it to weigh in on the AT&T/SBC and Verizon/MCI mergers currently being reviewed in federal court, in a development that could affect the judge’s decision concerning whether or not to approve the merger settlements.

  • July 18, 2006

    Symbol, Intermec Reach Final IP Settlement

    Data technology companies Intermec Inc. and Symbol Technologies Inc. on Tuesday resolved all outstanding intellectual property disputes stemming from last year’s intensive patent infringement battle.

  • July 18, 2006

    Judge Slashes Rambus Award By $174M

    The federal judge overseeing Rambus Inc.’s drawn-out patent battle against Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has slashed the jury's $307 million penalty against Hynix, calling the stunning sum “exaggerated.”

  • July 17, 2006

    Vodafone Cries Market Abuse, Demands €500M

    British mobile operator Vodafone has fired off a €500 million lawsuit at Italian rival Telecom Italia SpA, alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the Italian telecom market.

  • July 17, 2006

    Keyboard Patents Not Infringed, Federal Circuit Says

    A U.S. Appeals Court panel on Thursday upheld a lower court decision that Steelcase Inc. did not violate two Flex-Rest LLC patents related to computer keyboard positioning systems.

  • July 17, 2006

    Setback For Australia In Battle Over WiFi Patent

    An Australian agency’s failed attempts to license its WiFi patent in the United States has exempted it from legal protection normally afforded to foreign governments and freed a group of high-tech heavyweights to seek declaratory judgment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled.

  • July 17, 2006

    Hedge Fund Files Ch. 11 Against Cellular Company

    A hedge fund has filed an involuntary Chapter 11 petition against Mexican cellular operator Grupo Iusacell Celular SA de CV, in an attempt to thwart the company’s debt restructuring and negotiate a better deal.

  • July 17, 2006

    Dell Targeted In Patent Suit

    A Canadian technology and design firm is hauling some of the industry’s most formidable names into court, targeting Dell Inc. and others in a case that hinges on a patent for multi-screen display units.

  • July 17, 2006

    NYU Blasts Autodesk With Suit Over Animation Patents

    Computer animation technology has sparked a court battle between New York University and software maker Autodesk, with NYU alleging that Autodesk knowingly infringed several of its patents for animation software.

  • July 14, 2006

    Years Later, Lawyer's Error Haunts Inventor

    A 21-year-old lawsuit between a Silicon Valley semiconductor company and a wronged Canadian engineer has been settled for about $3 million—a fraction of the $172 million damage award the plaintiff lost through his lawyer’s error.

  • July 14, 2006

    Court Tosses Monopoly Abuse Case Against Google

    Marking an initial win for Google Inc., a federal court judge tossed a lawsuit Thursday by an angry online publisher that alleged Google wielded its monopoly power to boot the publisher off its popular search engine index.

  • July 13, 2006

    State Attorneys-General Target DRAM Makers

    After guilty pleas, million-dollar settlements, and an investigation that has lasted for years, the makers of dynamic random access memory chips are facing more legal battles.

  • July 13, 2006

    FCC Greenlights Adelphia Sale

    The Federal Communications Commission has approved the sale of Adelphia Communications to Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp., on the condition that the cable providers allow competitors access to local sports programming in all markets except for Philadelphia.

  • July 13, 2006

    Intel Lashes Out Against AmberWave's Chip Patent

    Taking the first swipe at a familiar rival, Intel Corp. has hit semiconductor developer AmberWave Systems Corp. with a lawsuit seeking declaratory judgment, claiming it did not infringe on its patent related to chip fabrication.

  • July 12, 2006

    E.C. Nails Microsoft With €280.5M Fine

    European antitrust regulators slapped Microsoft Corp. with a landmark €280.5 million—$357 million—fine for the software giant’s perceived non-compliance with technical disclosure requirements the European Commission imposed as part of a 2004 decision that Microsoft abused its dominant market position.

  • July 12, 2006

    AMD Takes Case Against Intel To Germany

    Determined to press on with its fight on both sides of the Atlantic, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is in the midst of filing a formal antitrust complaint in Germany against its microprocessor nemesis Intel Corp.

  • July 12, 2006

    E.U. Unveils Plan To Slash Mobile Fees

    Against the backdrop of its probe into Europe's telecommunications industry, the European Commission launched a plan Wednesday that aims to cap the fees mobile phone operators can charge for international calls.