Technology

  • October 3, 2007

    PwC Loses Bid To Appeal Order In SmarTalk Case

    The district court judge overseeing the long-running securities litigation over bankrupt SmarTalk Teleservices Inc. has blocked PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP's attempt to appeal his denial of summary judgment before the trial has concluded.

  • October 3, 2007

    Copyright Suit Over Google Print Project Gains Steam

    The judge presiding over the copyright battle stemming from Google Inc.’s efforts to create a vast online library of digitized books has consolidated several suits for pretrial purposes.

  • October 3, 2007

    Ikea Becomes Latest To Settle With Orion

    Home products giant Ikea North America Services LLP on Friday reached a settlement agreement with patent-holding company Orion IP LLC, which had sued Ikea, along with 80 other companies, for allegedly infringing its patents on computerized sales methods.

  • October 3, 2007

    Nokia Amends Counterclaims In Qualcomm Battle

    Responding to Qualcomm Inc.'s amended complaint, Nokia Corp. on Tuesday amended its own counterclaims in an ongoing patent tit-for-tat between the two cellular giants over cell phone technology.

  • October 3, 2007

    Judge Bats Down Microsoft Bid To Toss Lucent Suit

    Three technology giants have fallen short in their bid to have the $2 billion patent-infringement suit brought by Alcatel-Lucent over video-coding processes tossed as the larger intellectual property war between the companies rages on.

  • October 3, 2007

    AT&T Wins FLSA, Retaliation Suit

    A federal judge on Saturday tossed out an employment suit against telecommunications giant AT&T Corp. after agreeing with the company that the eight employees who started the suit fell under the executive exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • October 3, 2007

    Pioneer Asserts Display Patent Against Samsung

    The patent battle between Pioneer Corp. and Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. over plasma display panels continues to grow, with Pioneer seeking to assert a new patent and add Samsung's parent companies as defendants in the case.

  • October 4, 2007

    Judge Tosses Former IBM Workers’ Age Bias Claims

    In a boost to International Business Machines Corp., a federal judge has dismissed claims by a group of former employees that they were fired on the basis of their age, but has given the plaintiffs leave to amend their complaint.

  • October 4, 2007

    Visa Hit With Suit Over No-Contact Credit Cards

    After reaching a licensing deal for wireless credit card transaction technology with MasterCard International Inc., A California-based patent-holding company is now suing Visa International Service Association and its affiliates over similar technology.

  • October 2, 2007

    Telecoms Face Off Over Special Access Market

    Sprint Nextel Corp. Chief Executive Gary D. Forsee told lawmakers on Tuesday that the two dominant special access providers in the high volume, bulk business telecommunications market–AT&T and Verizon–are inflating special access prices and unfairly imposing anti-competitive contract terms and conditions.

  • October 2, 2007

    Regulator Says BSkyB Stake In ITV Anti-Competitive

    Rupert Murdoch-owned British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc may have to sell its 17.9% stake in independent television company ITV Plc, after the United Kingdom's antitrust regulator ruled Tuesday that the holding restricted competition and was against the public interest.

  • October 2, 2007

    Macrovision Reveals Settlement Deal With Motorola

    Macrovision Corp. announced on Tuesday that it has settled its lawsuit against Motorola Inc. over the use of analog content protection technology.

  • October 2, 2007

    Visto Holds Firm On Presumption Of Validity Dispute

    Visto Corp. asked a federal judge Monday to reject Microsoft Corp.'s request to bar Visto from discussing the principle of presumption of validity with the jury in their ongoing case over e-mail patents.

  • October 2, 2007

    Comverse Fights Back In Prepaid Phone Patent Suit

    Freedom Wireless Inc., which has sued numerous companies for allegedly infringing three prepaid phone service patents, was hit with a declaratory judgment counterclaim on Monday that seeks to dismiss one of the suits in question.

  • October 2, 2007

    DRAM Defendants Seek To Toss Plaintiffs’ Accusations

    In the ongoing multidistrict litigation against dynamic random access memory manufacturers, a group of chip makers is fighting claims in the indirect purchasers’ second amended complaint, arguing that the allegations once again fail to establish antitrust standing with respect to claims based on the purchase of products in which DRAM is a component.

  • October 1, 2007

    Goodyear Settles Suit Over Online Sales Patents

    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has become the latest big-name company to settle charges that it infringed technology for online sales methods held by patent-holding company Orion IP LLC.

  • October 1, 2007

    Microsoft Urges Judge To Curb Visto's Jury Talk

    Fearing that the jury will be unfairly swayed, Microsoft Corp. has asked the judge to toss out Visto Corp.'s request that it be allowed to discuss the so-called presumption of validity with the jury in the ongoing case over e-mail patents.

  • October 1, 2007

    Patent Case Heats Up As Sun Files Counterclaims

    Computer component maker Sun Microsystems Inc. has filed a declaratory judgment counterclaim against Abstrax Inc., which sued it for allegedly infringing a patent on a method for assembling products with a computer.

  • October 1, 2007

    Judge Rebuffs Vonage Objections In Klausner Suit

    A district court judge has cast off Vonage Holdings Corp.'s objections to a claims construction order in Klausner Technologies Inc.'s patent infringement lawsuit of voice over Internet protocol technology.

  • October 1, 2007

    RFID Patent Unenforceable, Judge Says

    The Texas judge in charge of a patent infringement and unfair competition case has ruled that a patent relating to radio frequency identification technology is unenforceable due to inequitable conduct on the part of plaintiff Avid Identification Systems Inc.