Technology

  • May 18, 2006

    Chip Makers Settle Over DRAM Patents

    Two chip makers have ended a three-year dispute over patents for DRAM technology, entering a five-year cross-licensing agreement that brings an end to the four patent infringement suits currently pending between them.

  • May 17, 2006

    Muted Impact Seen From Supreme Court's eBay Ruling

    A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the closely watched eBay case won’t dramatically alter outcomes in patent litigation, but could have a considerable impact on proceedings, attorneys agree.

  • May 17, 2006

    E.C. Decries German Telecom Bill

    In a move that the European Commission has labeled illegal state aid, the German government has passed a bill that allows Deutsche Telekom AG to deny broadband access to its competitors.

  • May 17, 2006

    Judge Sides With U.S. Circuit Maker In ITC Clash

    An administrative law judge overseeing integrated circuit provider Power Integrations Inc.’s patent infringement case against a Taiwanese rival has ruled in favor of the California company, moving the year-long U.S. International Trade Commission suit over power-supply controllers one step closer to a conclusion.

  • May 16, 2006

    Microsoft Asserts Patents Against Lucent

    In the latest round in a patent fight that’s been ongoing since 2002, Microsoft Corp. has fired back at Lucent Technologies, denying wrongdoing on its part while accusing Lucent of infringing on 10 Microsoft patents.

  • May 15, 2006

    iPod Attacked In ITC, District Court

    Fresh from defending its trademark in the U.K, Apple Computers will head back to court, this time to counter allegations that its iPod portable media devices infringe a patent held by Creative Technology Ltd.

  • May 15, 2006

    Microsoft Extension In U.S. Parallels E.U. Complaints

    Both at home and abroad, Microsoft is struggling to keep up with antitrust regulators’ demands for interoperability information.

  • May 15, 2006

    Former Cisco Exec. Settles Insider Trading Case

    A former executive from networking gear company Cisco Systems Inc. has agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle insider-trading charges leveled against him and his brother by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • May 15, 2006

    Supreme Court Throws Out eBay Injunction

    The U.S. Supreme Court has set aside a permanent injunction against retailer eBay Inc. in the company’s much-watched patent battle with e-commerce technology developer MercExchange LLC, in a ruling that is likely to have a significant impact on companies seeking permanent injunctions in future cases.

  • May 12, 2006

    Cingular Sues Sprint Over “More Powerful” Ads

    Calling for a trademark dispute to be played out in federal court, Cingular Wireless LLC claimed its main rival Sprint Nextel Corp. is resorting to false advertising to gain an edge in the mobile communications market.

  • May 12, 2006

    Microsoft Agrees To 2-Year Extension Of Oversight

    Microsoft Corp. has consented to a two-year extension on a critical provision in its 2002 antitrust settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • May 12, 2006

    RIM Prevails In Drawn-Out PDA Patent Suit

    Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd., along with a top rival, has been cleared of infringing technology for a cutting-edge personal data assistant, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed construction of a key term in the patent-in-suit.

  • May 12, 2006

    ITC Will Investigate Lexar's Flash Patent Case

    USB key-drives have become ubiquitous enough to completely push floppy disks into the realm of the obsolete, but the patents involved are now under investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • May 12, 2006

    Shareholder Sues CA Inc. Over Proposed Bylaw

    A shareholder has launched a suit against CA Inc. in a Delaware court in a move to find out how much power investors have to revise company bylaws.

  • May 11, 2006

    European Regulators Object To E.C. Roaming Plans

    The European Union’s proposed route for reducing roaming fees for mobile phones is off track, according to a group of European telecom regulators, which officially objected to the plan Thursday.

  • May 10, 2006

    SGI Bids To Limit Equity Trades, Info Sharing

    Two days after filing for Chapter 11 protection, high-performance computer maker Silicon Graphics Inc. has asked a bankruptcy court to limit large trades of its equity, saying it wants to protect about $1 billion in net operating loss carryforwards for tax purposes.

  • May 10, 2006

    Lucent Faces Shareholder Suit Over Alcatel Merger

    Amid plans to merge with French telecommunications equipment company Alcatel SA, Lucent Technologies said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week that it is facing a class action lawsuit brought by shareholders opposing the deal.

  • May 10, 2006

    Korea High Court Upholds Foreign Sanctions

    Korea’s top court this week upheld a lower court’s ruling against a Japanese firm for illegal price-fixing in a move that reinforces the ability of the nation's fair trade watchdog to take punitive action against foreign companies that violate antitrust laws.

  • May 10, 2006

    SEC Inspects Diebold’s Revenue Recognition Policy

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has initiated an informal inquiry into Diebold Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automated teller and electronic voting machines, over how the company identifies revenue.

  • May 9, 2006

    Insurance Giants Face Acacia's Barcode Patents

    A subsidiary of patent-holding company Acacia Research Corp. filed a lawsuit against several major insurance companies this week, accusing the companies of infringing its patent for multi-dimensional barcode technology.