Telecommunications

  • December 20, 2007

    RIM Faces Patent Suit Over Wireless Devices

    Months after winning $12 million in a patent case over text-messaging technology, a small wireless communications company has targeted BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. in a suit over devices for managing e-mail accounts.

  • December 20, 2007

    ITC Suspects Qualcomm Is Violating Chip Import Ban

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Thursday that it is opening an investigation into cell phone maker Qualcomm Inc. to determine whether the company is violating a ban on importing chips that allegedly infringe patents held by rival Broadcom Inc.

  • December 19, 2007

    Congress Changes Tune On Royalties For Radio Play

    United States congressmen on Tuesday introduced a bill that would reverse a decades-old exemption that allows terrestrial radio companies to play songs without paying record labels or artists' royalties.

  • December 19, 2007

    170 Cos. File Deficient Forms For FCC Spectrum Bids

    Verizon Wireless, Chevron USA Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. were among the diverse group of 170 companies that must complete applications with the Federal Communications Commission to take part in a January auction for highly coveted airwave spectrum.

  • December 18, 2007

    FCC Overturns Media Cross-Ownership Rule

    The Federal Communications Commission voted on Tuesday to overturn a 32-year-old rule that prohibited one entity from owning both a broadcast station and a daily newspaper in the same media market.

  • December 18, 2007

    XM, UMG Settle Copyright Suit Over Recording Device

    Universal Music Group Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. have settled a lawsuit over whether an XM receiver with built-in recording ability violates Universal's copyrights, the companies announced Monday.

  • December 17, 2007

    Ring Plus Wants Baker Botts Removed In Cingular Suit

    Ring Plus Inc. on Sunday asked a judge to disqualify Baker Botts LLP from representing Cingular Wireless LLC in a patent suit over ring-back technology, saying that Baker Botts had improper ex parte contacts with a Ring Plus director.

  • December 18, 2007

    Judge Closes Book On CBS Race Bias Suit

    A federal court in Philadelphia has thrown out a Title VII case against CBS Radio in which the plaintiff, a former account executive, alleged that he was subjected to a hostile work environment because of the distribution of a book giving advice on how to dress to succeed in a professional setting.

  • December 14, 2007

    Marvell Fails To Stay Cases Over CSIRO Patent

    Chip manufacturer Marvell Semiconductor Inc. has lost its bid for a partial stay in two patent infringement suits involving the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s patent for wireless local area networks because it waited too long to intervene in the cases, according to a federal judge.

  • December 14, 2007

    American Tower Pays $14M To Settle Backdating Case

    Wireless communication company American Tower Corp. has settled a class action over stock options backdating, agreeing to give its shareholders $14 million to drop the case.

  • December 13, 2007

    In ITC Handset Battle, Nokia Keeps "Edge"

    In a first-round victory for Nokia Corp., an International Trade Commission judge has issued an initial determination in favor of the Finnish cell phone maker in a long-running patent dispute between it and Qualcomm Inc.

  • December 13, 2007

    Copyright Office Probes "Phantom Signal" Royalties

    In response to pleas from industry associations, the Copyright Office is looking into whether "phantom signals" – the broadcast signals that some subscribers might still pick up after two cable companies merge – unreasonably inflate royalty rates.

  • December 13, 2007

    Nokia, Samsung Accused Of Infringing New 3G Patent

    InterDigital Inc. is asserting a new patent against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Nokia Corp. in an infringement case over 3G cellular phone handset patents before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • December 11, 2007

    Time Warner, Comcast Cleared In VOD Patent Suit

    A court ruled on Monday that three cable companies did not infringe a USA Video Technology Corp. patent related to video-on-demand technology by offering their own VOD services to subscribers.

  • December 11, 2007

    DTL Says Phone Cos. Infringe Transducer Patent

    Patent-holding company Digital Technology Licensing LLC on Monday accused Motorola Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA Inc. of infringing one of its patents on signal encoding technology used in cell phones.

  • December 10, 2007

    BP Settles With FCC For Lying About Criminal Record

    BP Plc's Alaskan subsidiary on Friday entered into a consent decree with the Federal Communications Commission for lying on company applications for radio licenses about whether it had ever been convicted of a felony.

  • December 6, 2007

    Motorola Faces Christian Wrath After Cell Phone Fire

    Cell phone giant Motorola Inc. has been taken to court by a Christian group that claims its Boston office was nearly destroyed after an overheated battery charger sparked an unholy fire.

  • December 6, 2007

    CommScope Must Sell Interest In Competitor: DOJ

    The U.S. Department of Justice sued wire and cable maker CommScope Inc. on Thursday to block its $2.6 billion purchase of communications equipment maker Andrew Corp., just as it offered the two companies the chance to give up their interest in a competitor to complete the transaction.

  • December 7, 2007

    Parent Telecoms Dismissed From Patent Suit

    Verizon Communications Inc. has settled a patent dispute with an inventor who claimed the company’s products infringe on his caller identification patent. The suit will continue against Verizon’s Texas subsidiary.

  • December 6, 2007

    Samsung, Nokia Sued Over Four Cell Phone Patents

    A Florida-based patent-holding company has filed suit against cellular phone giants Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Nokia Corp., claiming the companies’ phones infringe four of its patents.