• March 13, 2008

    Outed 'Troll Tracker' Blogger Draws Ire Of IP Lawyers

    The recent outing of the “patent troll tracker” blogger as Rick Frenkel, Cisco Systems Inc.’s director of intellectual property, has raised concerns from lawyers representing “patent trolls” that Frenkel used his anonymity to make illegally disparaging remarks against his company’s enemies. As affected companies fight back against Frenkel, the blogging community debates its future.

  • March 5, 2008

    Tyco, Bondholders Spin-Off Dispute Continues

    A federal judge has denied summary judgment motions in a dispute brought by Tyco International Ltd.’s bondholders against the company, arguing the company’s spin-off of its health care and electronics divisions last year violated the terms of its debt.

  • March 3, 2008

    U.K. Court Hands Nokia A Win In Qualcomm Case

    Dealing Nokia Corp. its second international patent victory in recent months, a British court has ruled that rival Qualcomm Inc.'s claims of patent infringement against the Finnish mobile phone maker were invalid.

  • March 3, 2008

    More Tessera Patent Claims Rejected In Re-Exam

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected claims for the fourth of five chip-packaging patents asserted by Tessera Inc. against an array of microchip firms.

  • March 3, 2008

    Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Rigas' Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeals of the founder of Adelphia Communications Corp. and his son, who had asked the court to overturn their multiple convictions stemming from an accounting fraud scandal that sent the cable company into bankruptcy.

  • March 4, 2008

    Motorola Wins In Patent Dispute With Chinese Firm

    Chinese authorities have ordered a local company to financially compensate Motorola Inc. after finding that the firm's two-way radio infringed one of the telecom giant's design patents, Motorola announced on Monday.

  • March 3, 2008

    Visto And Microsoft Settle Mobile E-Mail Suit

    Visto Corp. announced Monday it has entered into a settlement and license agreement with Microsoft Corp. involving cash and noncash consideration, ending a two-year patent dispute.

  • February 29, 2008

    Rohm, O2 Micro Settle Suits Over LCD Technology

    O2 Micro Ltd. and Rohm Co. Ltd. have settled a lawsuit in which O2 Micro accused Rohm of infringing three patents related to liquid crystal display backlighting technology, and Rohm counterclaimed that O2 Micro violated antitrust laws by bringing sham litigation.

  • February 29, 2008

    ITC To Weigh Sharp's Patent Claims V. Samsung

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to begin an investigation into patent infringement allegations filed by Sharp Corp. against its rival Samsung, a month after agreeing to consider similar claims by Samsung against Sharp.

  • February 29, 2008

    Clear Channel Deal Prompts Suit Against Wachovia

    A Providence Equity Partners Inc. affiliate has sued Wachovia Bank NA in an attempt to force the bank to follow through on an earlier pledge to help finance the private equity firm's $1.1 billion purchase of 56 television stations from Clear Channel Communications Inc.

  • March 3, 2008

    FCC Re-Imposes 30% Limit On Cable Operators

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has re-adopted a rule that will prohibit cable operators like Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp. from serving more than 30% of subscribers nationwide.

  • March 3, 2008

    Fed. Circuit Reverses DRAM Patent Suit Dismissal

    A federal appellate court has overturned a decision dismissing a dynamic random access memory declaratory judgment patent suit brought by Micron Technology Inc. against Mosaid Technologies Inc., finding the district court’s decision relied on legal doctrine overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in MedImmune Inc. v. Genentech Inc.

  • February 29, 2008

    Jury Hands Akamai $45M Verdict In Infringement

    A Boston jury awarded Akamai Technologies Inc. more than $45 million after finding that Limelight Networks Inc. had infringed an Internet content delivery patent and rejecting Limelight's argument that the patent was invalid.

  • February 29, 2008

    Microsoft Marketed Vista To Help Intel, E-Mails Say

    Microsoft Inc. may have lowered system compatibility requirements for its Vista operating system to help Intel Corp. continue selling a graphics chip, according to internal company e-mails that were disclosed on Wednesday.

  • February 29, 2008

    Covad Directors Settle Derivative Suit For $7M

    The officers and directors of Covad Communications have agreed to pay $7 million to bring an end to a long-running derivative suit filed against them by the company's former general counsel.

  • February 28, 2008

    Digital TV Cos. Sue In Germany Over MPEG-2 Patents

    A group of electronics companies has filed suit against Amino Communications Ltd., in Germany, claiming the maker of digital television set-top boxes infringed patents relating to the MPEG-2 digital video compression standard.

  • February 28, 2008

    Yahoo Faces Shareholder Suits After Microsoft Bid

    Yahoo Inc. has been named a defendant in seven separate proposed class actions related to Microsoft Corp.’s hostile $44.6 billion takeover bid earlier this month.

  • February 28, 2008

    BlackBerry Maker Prevails In U.K. Patent Clash

    Declaring that Visto Corp.'s patent for e-mail synchronization technology was invalid, the British patent court on Wednesday handed BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. the first win in many lawsuits across the globe between the two companies.

  • February 28, 2008

    DRAM Antitrust Plaintiffs File 3rd Amended Complaint

    Following a major setback last month in a proposed class action over alleged price-fixing in the dynamic random access memory market, the plaintiffs' attorneys have filed a slightly amended complaint, as they await a chance to appeal a judge's ruling.

  • February 28, 2008

    EBay Buys MercExchange's Patents In Settlement

    MercExchange LLC and eBay Inc. have settled the long-running patent dispute that found its way to the U.S. Supreme Court and led to a landmark May 2006 decision that made it much tougher to obtain an injunction after a finding of patent infringement.