Technology

  • November 19, 2007

    Cos. Sue Google Over Search Engine, Google Earth

    In a new lawsuit, two small tech firms are saying that industry giant Google Inc.'s search engine appliance infringes a patent they own together and that its popular application Google Earth infringes another.

  • November 19, 2007

    Prior LCD Claims To Be Used In New O2Micro Dispute

    Patent claims construed in prior litigation involving O2Micro International Ltd.'s liquid crystal display backlighting technology will be used in the company's current lawsuit against Japanese electronics maker Rohm Co. Ltd., a judge ruled Friday.

  • November 20, 2007

    Court Nixes GO Computer's Swipe At Microsoft

    An appeals court has shot down an antitrust lawsuit accusing Microsoft Corp. of driving a hand-held computer company out of business, ruling that the plaintiffs were on inquiry notice of their claims as of 1992, “when enough red flags had flown that a reasonably diligent person would have investigated and acted.”

  • November 20, 2007

    Federal Circuit Rejects Sony Patent Application

    An appeals court ruled on Monday that a patent application by inventors at Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. for a program to manage multi-user online applications was anticipated by another patent, upholding the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to reject the claim.

  • November 20, 2007

    Apple Wins Dismissal Of Options Backdating Suit

    A federal court has tossed another shareholder suit against Apple Inc. alleging chief executive Steve Jobs and 13 company directors deceived investors about profiting from the company’s stock options backdating practices.

  • November 20, 2007

    Class Action Waiver Strike Upheld In DRC Suit

    An appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that struck a class action waiver on grounds of unconscionability under state and federal law in a case brought by two former managers against technology services firm Dynamics Research Corp.

  • November 19, 2007

    Judge Orders Auditor To Provide Docs In Winstar Case

    Accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP will be forced to hand over the results of an internal analysis of an audit of Winstar Communications, after a judge refused to grant the auditor's request to file an immediate appeal of the verdict that compelled the production of the documents.

  • November 16, 2007

    Motorola Suffers Defeat In Semiconductor Patent Suit

    A Delaware state judge has sided with Amkor Technology Inc. for a second time in its declaratory judgment case on remand against Motorola Inc. over patents for semiconductor assembly test services.

  • November 16, 2007

    Siemens' Global Bribery Scheme Revealed

    Trouble-ridden German electronics conglomerate Siemens AG reportedly paid a total of 77 bribes worth €12 million to cabinet ministers and other officials in Nigeria, Russia and Libya to win cushy contracts for telecommunications equipment.

  • November 16, 2007

    After More Divestitures, AT&T Wraps Up Dobson Deal

    Promising to shed some rural operations at the request of competition regulators, AT&T Inc. has completed its $2.8 billion acquisition of wireless provider Dobson Communications Corp.

  • November 16, 2007

    Dems Want FCC To Go Slow On Ownership Reform

    Senior Democrats want Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin to take his foot off the gas when it comes to his push to change a 32-year-old ban on media cross-ownership.

  • November 16, 2007

    Court Upholds Injunction, Says Canon Likely To Prevail

    A federal appeals court panel has upheld a preliminary injunction that stops certain companies from selling toner cartridges in the United States that can be used as replacements in Canon Inc.'s laser printers and fax machines.

  • November 16, 2007

    Intelligroup Class Actions Meets Demise

    A proposed securities class action against Intelligroup by shareholders may have come to a close after a judge tossed a third version of the complaint and refused to grant the plaintiffs permission to file a fourth.

  • November 16, 2007

    FTC To Tackle Mergers, Healthcare, VoIP In 08

    The Federal Trade Commission will undertake new initiatives in 2008 relating to merger review, new health care models and the transition of telephone services to Voice over Internet Protocol, according to a speech made by FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras at an American Bar Association antitrust conference.

  • November 16, 2007

    Jury Hands Microsoft A Win In CAC Suit

    A Texas jury delivered a victory for Microsoft Corp. on Thursday, ruling that the software giant did not infringe on patent-holding company Computer Acceleration Corp.'s patents over technology that speeds up load times for computer programs.

  • November 16, 2007

    Federal Circuit Upholds $160M Microsoft Verdict

    An appeals court has affirmed a $160 million decision that Microsoft and Autodesk Inc. infringed on two patents held by a small company related to protecting software from piracy.

  • November 16, 2007

    Emerson Electric Unit Violated Power-One Patent: Jury

    A federal court jury in Texas has found that an Emerson Electric Co. unit infringed a Power-One Inc. patent for power converter technology used in computer and networking hardware.

  • November 15, 2007

    Apple Faces Patent Suit Over IChat Feature

    Apple Inc.’s Leopard operating system with iChat has become the target of a patent infringement suit by a Newport Beach, Calif.-based patent-holding company.

  • November 15, 2007

    Judge Tosses Shareholder Suit Against Apple

    A judge dismissed a stock options backdating lawsuit filed by shareholders against Apple Inc., its co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs and 13 other company directors on Wednesday, saying the plaintiffs have not shown that anyone other than the company was harmed by the alleged scheme.

  • November 15, 2007

    GPS Giants Lay Down Swords In Global Patent Spat

    Two of the world's top global-position-system device makers, Garmin Corp. and TomTom Inc., have called a truce in their worldwide patent war, settling all their litigation in the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.