Technology

  • March 20, 2007

    ITC Takes On Microsoft Patent Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to review a patent infringement complaint over telephone technology brought by Microsoft Corp. against French rival Alcatel-Lucent.

  • March 19, 2007

    Rambus Wins Partial Stay In Royalties Case

    In a respite for memory chip designer Rambus Inc., the Federal Trade Commission has stayed portions of an order that capped royalty rates in a case that accused the company of exploiting a monopoly on computer technology.

  • March 19, 2007

    O2 Micro Must Face "Sham Litigation" Claims

    Integrated circuits maker O2 Micro International Ltd. has lost its bid to dodge allegations that it violated unfair-competition laws by filing allegedly baseless patent suits against the customers of its rival, Monolithic Power Systems Inc.

  • March 19, 2007

    Nokia Files Suits Against Qualcomm In Europe

    Mobile phone company Nokia Corp. has filed patent exhaustion cases against Qualcomm Inc. in Germany and the Netherlands, the latest move in the ongoing battle over cell phone chip patents.

  • March 19, 2007

    Qualcomm, Broadcom Drop More Patent Claims

    Rival chip makers Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Corp. said Friday that they have reached an agreement to dismiss patent infringement and trade secret claims and counterclaims involved in two federal court cases, less than a month after claims were dismissed from similar cases.

  • March 19, 2007

    Satellite Radio Sued Over Subscriber Count

    Satellite radio operator WorldSpace, Inc. and underwriters UBS Securities LLC and Cowen & Co. LLC have been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit for allegedly inflating the company’s stock price by artificially pumping up its subscription base.

  • March 20, 2007

    Disney Options Probe Seems To Clear Jobs

    The Walt Disney Company has said that stock options were backdated at Pixar Animation Studios prior to Disney acquiring it, but that no one currently associated with the company deliberately engaged in misconduct, a statement that seems to exonerate Steve Jobs.

  • March 16, 2007

    Microsoft Wins One In Clash With Alcatel-Lucent

    Microsoft Corp. won a small victory in one of its ongoing patent disputes with Alcatel-Lucent on Wednesday when a San Diego district court judge granted the software company summary judgment against certain claims in the case.

  • March 16, 2007

    VoIP Patent Suit Ensnares Verizon, AT&T, Earthlink

    Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Corp., Vonage Holdings Corp. and other major players in the Voice over Internet Protocol market have been hit with a patent infringement suit over the Internet telephone technology.

  • March 16, 2007

    PTO Rejects Claims In Synopsys Patent Again

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has, for the second time, rejected all claims in a patent at the center of a dispute between Magma Design Automation Inc. and Synopsys Inc., Magma said Friday.

  • March 15, 2007

    Bertelsmann Spared From Napster Handover

    As the Napster copyright battle continues to unfold, a federal appeals court has ruled that Bertelsmann does not have to reveal its lawyers’ private correspondence regarding the $50 million loan the German giant gave Napster in 2001.

  • March 15, 2007

    McAfee Settles With Acacia Over Hyperlinks

    Security software company McAfee Inc. agreed on Thursday to settle a patent infringement lawsuit filed by an Acacia Research Corp. unit over patents relating to Internet hyperlinks located on CDs and DVDs.

  • March 14, 2007

    GM, Toyota, Mercedes Sued Over Accident Technology

    General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Sales USA, Mercedes-Benz USA LLC and BMW of North America LLC have been slammed with an infringement lawsuit over their in-vehicle communication systems which automatically contact emergency services after major accidents.

  • March 14, 2007

    HP Defendants Sidestep Jail

    Former Hewlett-Packard Co. chair Patricia Dunn and three other defendants tied to the boardroom spying scandal at the Silicon Valley computer company will not head to jail for their involvement in the scheme, a judge ruled Wednesday.

  • March 14, 2007

    CallWave Pays j2 $4M To Settle Patent Dispute

    Digital messaging service CallWave Inc. has agreed to pay rival j2 Global Communications Inc. over $4 million to settle ongoing patent litigation and license patents going forward, the companies said Wednesday.

  • March 15, 2007

    Zonare Lobs Counterclaims In Ultrasound Patent Spat

    Zonare Medical Systems Inc. fought back against a rival ultrasound equipment maker's infringement suit Wednesday, claiming that Sonosite Inc. actually violated its patent.

  • March 15, 2007

    CalPERS Settles Suit With Time Warner Over Merger

    After opting out of a $2.4 billion class action settlement over the 2001 merger of American Online and Time Warner Inc., the nation’s largest public pension fund is now awaiting a check for $117.7 million.

  • March 14, 2007

    Ex-Peregrine Chief Pleads Guilty

    The former chief executive of Peregrine Systems Inc. has pled guilty to charges relating to his role in the accounting scandal that plunged the Silicon Valley software company into bankruptcy.

  • March 13, 2007

    Judge Tosses Silicon Storage Case

    A district court judge has tossed a class action securities suit filed against semiconductor maker Silicon Storage Technology, ruling that the plaintiffs’ allegations were not particularized to adequately meet the pleading standard.

  • March 13, 2007

    Class Denied In FLSA Case Against AT&T

    Ruling that employees must share more than a job title to be considered “similarly situated,” a federal judge has denied class status to a group of employees suing their employer, AT&T.