Technology

  • July 1, 2008

    Delaware To Hear Proxy-Cost Fight Case

    The Delaware Supreme Court has agreed to rule on whether companies have to reimburse shareholders for the costs of even partially successful short-slate proxy contests.

  • June 30, 2008

    HP, Dell Hit With Patent Suit Over Ethernet Switches

    A Texas patent-holding company has filed suit against two of the world's largest personal computer makers, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc., claiming the companies' Ethernet switches infringe its patents.

  • June 30, 2008

    SEC Asks for Delaware's Help In Proxy-Cost Fight

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked the Delaware Supreme Court to rule on whether companies have to reimburse shareholders for the costs of even partially successful short-slate proxy contests.

  • July 1, 2008

    Rambus, Samsung Spar Over IP Attorney's Conduct

    Attorneys for Rambus Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. traded barbs in court Monday over the timeliness of Samsung's counterclaims that Rambus' former in-house counsel misappropriated confidential information regarding memory chip patents owned by Samsung, his previous employer.

  • June 30, 2008

    Judge Keeps Most Of SRAM MDL Complaint Intact

    The federal court overseeing the ongoing multidistrict litigation over antitrust allegations in the static random access memory industry agreed Friday to allow most of the indirect-purchaser plaintiffs' claims to proceed with leave to amend the few claims that were dismissed.

  • June 27, 2008

    J2 Sues EasyLink, Captaris Over Internet Fax Patents

    J2 Global Communications Inc. is aggressively protecting its patents covering Internet fax software and technology, firing off infringement suits Thursday against Captaris Inc. and EasyLink Services International Corp.

  • June 27, 2008

    Sixth Circuit Upholds FCC's Video Franchising Rules

    A federal appellate court has upheld the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s rules prohibiting local franchising authorities from refusing to award competitive cable franchises, despite an outcry from a public interest coalition made up of media nonprofit organizations and local governments.

  • June 27, 2008

    Papst Targets 4 More Digital Camera Makers

    German-based licensing company Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG has launched a host of new patent infringement suits against digital camera companies in an effort to protect two patents that cover an interface device used in digital cameras.

  • June 27, 2008

    Apple, HP, Dell Sued Over Computer System Patents

    A patent-holding company has sued Apple Inc., Gateway Inc., Acer America Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Inc. and several subsidiaries, accusing them of infringing at least two of four of its patents related to common personal computer tasks.

  • June 27, 2008

    $21M Damages, No New Trial For Nintendo: Judge

    A federal court on Thursday dismissed Nintendo Inc.'s request to reduce a $21 million payment for damages in a patent suit over controllers for its popular GameCube and Wii video gaming systems.

  • June 26, 2008

    NCR Claims BancTec Copied Diagnostic Software

    NCR Corp. has fired off a suit against BancTec Inc., accusing the payment-processing company of infringing copyrights on diagnostic software used in servicing NCR’s check and document processors.

  • June 26, 2008

    Aloft Sues Yahoo, AT&T, AOL Over Browser Patents

    A company that has spent the past year suing several major companies over various patents filed suit Wednesday against three defendants – Yahoo Inc., AT&T Inc. and AOL LLC – over the two Web browser patents that started its saga of litigation.

  • June 26, 2008

    Judge Drops Some Claims In Atmel Backdating Case

    A judge has dismissed some claims and refused to toss others in a derivative lawsuit alleging that directors and officers of Atmel Corp. backdated stock options.

  • June 26, 2008

    Exxon Ruling Will Drill Punitive Awards: Experts

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case, which set a 1:1 ratio for punitive damages to compensatory damages, is only binding under federal maritime law. Still, many observers say the order will be influential in cutting damages in other types of cases as well.

  • June 26, 2008

    Judge Seals Deal Between Facebook, ConnectU

    Over the objections of ConnectU LLC, a district judge on Wednesday enforced a settlement agreement between the social networking site and rival Facebook Inc., putting an end to litigation between the companies over alleged misappropriation of trade secrets.

  • June 26, 2008

    SAP To Pay I2 $83M To Settle Patent Dispute

    Supply-chain technology company i2 Technologies Inc. has reached a settlement agreement with SAP AG, under which SAP will pay $83.3 million to license certain patents for supply-chain management computer programs in return for the dismissal of pending patent infringement litigation.

  • June 25, 2008

    IBM Lashes Back At Overtime Pay Claims

    IBM Corp. is fighting allegations that it withheld overtime pay from thousands of its technical employees, arguing that the lead plaintiff in the proposed collective action failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.

  • June 25, 2008

    Adelphia Fraud Sentences Trimmed By Three Years

    A bid to lessen the prison sentences for Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son Timothy paid off Wednesday, when a judge shaved three years off the time each man will spend in jail for fraud.

  • June 25, 2008

    Comcast Sued Over Television Receiver Patent

    Licensing company Technology Development and Licensing LLC has hit Comcast Corp. with a lawsuit accusing the nation’s largest cable provider of infringing a patent for television set-top boxes.

  • June 25, 2008

    ERISA Plaintiffs Settle With EDS

    Electronic Data Systems Corp. has reached a tentative settlement in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action filed by more than 85,000 employees, who accused the technology services company of enticing improper investments of retirement funds into company stock.