Telecommunications

  • December 2, 2005

    Brobeck Securities Group Finds Home At Akin Gump

    When once-high flying law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison fell victim to the burst of the telecom bubble and shut its doors in 2003, over a thousand attorneys were left jobless. While the collapse left many shocked, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld saw an opportunity and scooped up the fallen California firm’s securities litigation practice group.

  • November 22, 2005

    Ericsson Slapped With $43M In Damages In Chip Dispute

    Chip maker Atmel Corp. has been awarded $43.1 million in damages in a patent arbitration with Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson related to its AVR microcontroller technology.

  • November 17, 2005

    Tech Giants Sued Over Cable Box Patent

    Some of the biggest names in electronics, including DirecTV, Echostar, Mitsubishi, JVC, Pioneer, and Sony, have been slapped with a lawsuit by a tiny Illinois company that alleges the technology giants infringed its patent for digital set-top box satellite receivers.

  • November 11, 2005

    U.S. Government Steps Into Blackberry Trial

    In a new twist in the Blackberry patent trial, the U.S. government warned Thursday that an injunction against Research in Motion’s wireless e-mail device could put essential government services in jeopardy.

  • November 7, 2005

    Radio Show Hosts Must Disclose Corporate Payments

    Requiring radio stations to disclose payments received for promoting certain stocks does not violate the First Amendment, according to a ruling by Denver’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

  • November 7, 2005

    Qualcomm Sues Nokia Amid Antitrust Allegations

    Qualcomm Inc. is firing back at Finnish cell phone maker Nokia Corp., filing a federal patent infringement lawsuit over its GSM technology only two weeks after Nokia accused Qualcomm of anti-trust violations in Europe.

  • November 3, 2005

    Entertainment Industry Urges FCC Piracy Crackdown

    The Federal Communications Commission should receive sweeping powers to prevent copyright theft by regulating broadcast signals once they enter the home, the entertainment industry urged at Congressional hearings Thursday.

  • November 2, 2005

    Internet Companies Refuse To Settle, Win Case

    In a district court known for settlements rather than verdicts, a judge has granted summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of three internet service providers in a suit brought by a company considered by many to be a patent troll.

  • October 28, 2005

    Qualcomm Licensing "Abusive," High-Tech Rivals Say

    Several major mobile wireless technology companies have asked the European Commission to investigate wireless company Qualcomm, alleging that the company is engaging in anticompetitive actions in the licensing of several of its mobile communications patents.

  • October 17, 2005

    Injunction Imperils bcgi In Prepaid Wireless Case

    A federal judge has granted a potentially devastating injunction and slapped interest and other costs totaling $20.1 million on top of a $128 million judgment against Boston Communications Group in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Freedom Wireless.

  • October 6, 2005

    Grubman Loses To Investors in Arbitration

    Former Salomon Smith Barney telecom analyst Jack Grubman and Citigroup, Inc. have been ordered to pay $2.41 million to a Boston couple who claimed they lost all their money after investing in WorldCom stock upon Grubman’s advice.

  • September 26, 2005

    Auctioned Patents For Fixed-Wireless Technology Haunt Charter Communications

    Cable operator Charter Communications is facing patent litigation for its data transmission technology from a small licensing firm, the owner of patents once held by its bankrupt fixed-wireless competitor.

  • September 7, 2005

    Symbol, Intermec Settle Bitter RFID Patent Dispute

    Rivals Symbol Technologies and Intermec Technologies Corp. have settled a bitter and publicly fought patent dispute over an emerging wireless tracking technology that could one day replace bar codes on packaged goods.

  • September 7, 2005

    MyMail, Verizon Settle Patent Dispute Over Dial-Up Access Technology

    Telecom carrier Verizon Communications Inc and Texas-based MyMail Ltd. have settled patent infringement litigation over technology for improving dial-up internet connectivity.

  • September 2, 2005

    Intel Backs BlackBerry Maker In Patent Dispute

    Chip maker Intel Corp. has thrown its support behind BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. in its patent battle against NTP Inc. over patent rights to the popular wireless messaging device.

  • September 1, 2005

    Judge Upholds $128M Patent Suit Verdict Against Boston Communications Group

    A federal judge in Massachusetts on Thursday upheld a jury's $128 million patent infringement verdict against Boston Communications Group Inc. and Cingular Wireless over patents for prepaid wireless technology.

  • August 23, 2005

    Charter Comms. Loses Patent Dispute Over Broadcasting Technology

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a lower court’s decision on patent validity, vindicating a patent asserted by Illinois-based Broadcast Innovation LLC against cable company Charter Communications Inc.

  • August 18, 2005

    Judge Scolds Counsel For Improper Conduct In Lucent Patent Suit Vs. Extreme Networks

    Telecommunications equipment maker Lucent Technologies Inc. will get another chance to prove infringement of patents for networking software after being granted a new trial this week, based on what the judge called improper conduct by the defendant’s counsel.

  • August 16, 2005

    HP Sues SBC Over Network Storage Patents

    Facing growing against its lucrative network storage business, computer maker Hewlett Packard dealt a pre-emptive strike with a lawsuit against telecom giant SBC Communications, which holds valuable patents related to the systems.

  • 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.