Technology

  • July 5, 2006

    French "iTunes Law" Threatens IP Rights

    The so-called “iTunes law” passed by French lawmakers Friday is drawing fire from critics who equate the legislation’s information-sharing requirements with theft, despite a recently added provision that would allow digital music providers to get around the requirements by forming agreements with copyright holders.

  • July 5, 2006

    Commissioners Wrangle Over E.U. Roaming Rates

    Two European Commissioners have raised concerns that new rules aimed at reducing European mobile roaming fees may impede competition among mobile phone operators.

  • July 5, 2006

    E.U. Closer To Hitting Microsoft With €2M Daily Fine

    European antitrust regulators appear to be one step closer to levying a staggering fine against Microsoft Corp.: published reports citing anonymous sources assert that E.U. regulators have unanimously agreed that Microsoft should be slapped with daily sanctions.

  • July 5, 2006

    NetRatings, Unica Settle Patent Feud

    Waving a white flag in a long-running patent infringement battle in the lucrative Web analytics industry, NetRatings Inc. has reached a settlement with Unica Corp. and its subsidiary, Sane Solutions Inc., marking the fourth such compromise reached in NetRatings' ongoing patent enforcement program.

  • July 6, 2006

    Silicon Valley Counsel: Rambus' Kent Richardson

    Computer memory innovator Rambus Inc. is constantly looking out for its IP “Sweet Spot,” a term coined by the company’s top brass to define the nexus of technology licensing and patent licensing.

  • July 5, 2006

    Silicon Graphics Revamps Reorganization Plan

    On the heels of a global agreement reached last week with its unsecured creditors, Silicon Graphics Inc. filed an amended reorganization plan Monday, marking the latest step in the high-end computer manufacturer’s fast track towards exiting Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

  • July 5, 2006

    Backdating Probe Expands To Directors

    The Securities and Exchange Commission will likely pursue civil charges against at least three directors of Mercury Interactive Corp., one of the first companies caught in the ever-growing web of improper stock options grants.

  • July 5, 2006

    Antitrust Charges Against Qualcomm Piling Up

    Semiconductor makers Texas Instruments and Broadcom filed formal antitrust complaints against rival Qualcomm, alleging market dominance in South Korea over Qualcomm’s patent for wireless chip technology and adding to Qualcomm's list of legal troubles.

  • June 30, 2006

    Judge Deletes Most Of SCO's Claims Against IBM

    In a major setback for the SCO Group’s $5 billion lawsuit against IBM Corp., a U.S. magistrate has rejected the majority of the software provider’s allegations of copyright infringement over source code in the open source operating system Linux.

  • June 30, 2006

    Banks Appeal Adelphia Ruling On Grid Interest

    Several banks that loaned Adelphia Communications Corp. a combined $6.8 billion before its bankruptcy filing have appealed a decision that allowed the cable company to wriggle out of paying $187 million in interest.

  • June 30, 2006

    Intermec Begins New RFID Patent Battle

    Intermec Inc. is ready for round two in its ongoing fight to protect its patents for radio frequency identification, after the company filed a new patent lawsuit against Alien Technology on Thursday, alleging infringement on 10 RFID patents.

  • July 5, 2006

    Silicon Valley Counsel: Yahoo's Joe Siino

    When Yahoo Inc. realized its IP organization needed a major overhaul, the company sought out a top Silicon Valley IP strategist, attorney Joseph K. Siino. But rather than simply tap the IP guru for advice, the Web media firm convinced him to join the team as its vice president of IP.

  • June 29, 2006

    Senate Rejects Net Neutrality Amendment

    Echoing an earlier vote by the U.S. House of Representatives, a Senate committee rejected an amendment to block phone and cable companies from restricting access to their high-speed Internet networks by giving preferential treatment to Internet sites.

  • June 29, 2006

    Apple Admits Options Irregularities

    Computer maker Apple Computer Inc. Thursday joined the legion of companies that say they have discovered irregularities related to the issuance of stock options.

  • June 29, 2006

    Toshiba, NEC, Fujitsu-Siemens Hit With Patent Suits

    A Huntsville, Ala.-based technology company that has squeezed hundreds of millions of dollars out of rivals through patent litigation is at it again, filing infringement suits against Toshiba Corp., NEC Corp. and Fujitsu-Siemens Computers.

  • June 29, 2006

    Telcos Nervously Eye Sweeping Industry Overhaul

    The European Commission proposed new regulations Thursday to promote competition in the telecommunications industry, inciting anxiety among telecom giants less than a week after E.C. director Neelie Kroes warned of a possible probe of the $338 billion industry.

  • June 29, 2006

    No Help For Google In French Trademark Appeal

    A Parisian appeals court has upheld a controversial trademark infringement ruling against the French unit of Internet search giant Google Inc.

  • June 29, 2006

    DocuSign Hits Warpath Over Electronic Signature

    Fresh off a favorable patent settlement with industry rival Yozons Inc., DocuSign Inc. has fired off a pair of lawsuits accusing more competitors of infringing on its electronic signature technology.

  • June 30, 2006

    Silicon Valley Counsel: AMD's Harry Wolin

    A thorough re-thinking of IP under general counsel Harry Wolin has helped chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. focus on intellectual property as a core asset, even as the company fights a second front in its antitrust battle with arch rival Intel Corp.

  • June 28, 2006

    Adelphia Clears Another Hurdle In Asset Sale

    A bankruptcy court judge approved a reorganization plan Wednesday that allows Adelphia Communications Corp. to transfer its stake in two joint ventures it owns with Comcast Corp., thus eliminating one of the final obstacles to the sale of its assets to former rivals Comcast and Time Warner Corp.