Technology

  • August 11, 2005

    Amazon Settles Patent Suit For $40M

    Online retailer Amazon.com agreed to a $40 million mediated settlement Wednesday, settling patent litigation over basic functions of its popular website.

  • August 11, 2005

    Appeals Court Rules On Contentious Discovery Issue In International Patent Litigation

    A federal appeals court affirmed Tuesday a decision allowing confidential documents discovered in U.S. patent litigation to be used in related foreign litigation.

  • August 10, 2005

    USPTO Rejects iPod Patent

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Apple Computer’s application for a patent for the scrollwheel interface of the popular iPod digital music player, citing an existing patent by a Microsoft researcher.

  • August 10, 2005

    Ricoh Prevails In Patent Suit Over Photocopier Gear

    A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled three companies are infringing patents held by photocopier maker Ricoh Inc., granting summary judgment to the Tokyo-based plaintiff.

  • August 10, 2005

    Microsoft Seeks Change Of Venue In Trade-Secrets Dispute With Google

    Microsoft Corp. has filed a motion to change the venue of Google, Inc.’s countersuit in the technology giants’ trade-secrets dispute over Google’s hiring of former Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee.

  • August 10, 2005

    ITC Curbs Imports Of Fortinet Antivirus Software

    Severe import restrictions were placed on California-based antivirus company Fortina, Inc. by the U.S. International Trade Commission, jeopardizing U.S. sales of the company’s software.

  • August 9, 2005

    Trading Technologies Settles Two More Lawsuits

    Trading Technologies, the company behind a slew of patent infringement lawsuits against major players in the futures trading industry, has pried settlement agreements out of another pair of companies.

  • August 9, 2005

    HP, Gateway Cheer Patent Ruling At ITC

    Both Hewlett-Packard and Gateway declared partial victory in their patent dispute at the International Trade Commission over computer technology patents.

  • August 9, 2005

    Judge Stays Geico v. Google Trademark Case

    A federal judge in Virginia ruled Monday that an advertising practice subsequently abandoned by Google may have caused confusion under the Lanham Act, but stayed the trial to give Google and insurance provider Geico 30 days to settle the case out of court.

  • August 9, 2005

    Vendors Pool RFID Patents, Launch Licensing Consortium

    Nearly 20 technology companies have joined forces to pool their patents into a licensing consortium designed to promote an emerging wireless tracking technology that could one day replace bar codes on packaged goods.

  • August 8, 2005

    Ericsson Prevails In Protracted Patent Battle With Harris Corp.

    A pair of decisions by a federal appeals court has left communications equipment maker Harris Corp. bruised, if not defeated, in a 17-year battle with Swedish rival Ericsson, Inc. over wireless gear patents.

  • August 5, 2005

    Symbol Technologies Settles Trademark Suit Against MKG

    Symbol Technologies Inc., a maker of bar code scanners and handheld computers, said Friday that it settled its trademark, trade-dress and design-patent lawsuit against Mobile Knowledge Group Services Inc.

  • August 5, 2005

    Nokia Loses Intervention Bid In $112M Licensing Dispute

    In a setback for Nokia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has barred the Finnish mobile handset maker from intervening in a patent suit between competitor Ericsson, Inc. and cellular technology vendor InterDigital Communications.

  • August 4, 2005

    BlackBerry Maker Mulls Supreme Court Appeal In Patent Case

    BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, Inc. is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court of the Federal Circuit’s latest decision in its drawn-out and acrimonious dispute with NTP Inc.

  • August 4, 2005

    NEC, Harris Settle Patent Lawsuit Over Wireless Gear

    Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. has settled a lawsuit against wireless network gear maker Harris Corp. over patents for mobile communications technology.

  • August 4, 2005

    Trading Technologies Wrings Licensing Deals Out Of Two More Rivals

    Software developer Trading Technologies pushed through additional settlement deals Thursday, bringing two competitors to the bargaining table just days after filing patent infringement suits in the Northern District of Illinois.

  • August 4, 2005

    Judge Denies Injunctions In Imax Movie Patent Case

    A patent dispute pitting big-screen movie pioneer Imax Corp. against a boutique technology vendor is raising questions about the ownership of the next generation of film technology.

  • August 3, 2005

    IBM Sells DVD Patent Portfolio To Mitsubishi

    International Business Machines has sold a portfolio of 250 patents for DVD-related technologies to Japanese electronics giant Mitsubishi Electric Corp., the company confirmed Wednesday.

  • August 3, 2005

    Matsushita Sues MediaTek Over Chip Patents

    Japanese electronics maker Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. has sued Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek Inc in federal court in California for patent infringement related to integrated circuit chips.

  • August 2, 2005

    Trading Tech Sues Three More As Battle Over Futures Patents Heats Up

    Fresh from a bevy of settlements with several players in the futures market, software developer Trading Technologies is pressing on with a legal onslaught against another batch of competitors.