Telecommunications

  • March 1, 2010

    CSIRO Targets AT&T, Others Over Wireless Patent

    Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization has hit Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA Inc. and AT&T Inc. with a lawsuit claiming the cell phone service providers have infringed a patent for wireless local area network technology.

  • March 1, 2010

    Saxon Drops UTStarcom From Communications IP Suit

    Saxon Innovations LLC has allowed UTStarcom Inc. to exit an infringement suit involving four communications-related patents, following the defendant's declaration that it no longer manufactures the targeted cell phones and other devices.

  • March 1, 2010

    Broadcaster Regent Seeks Speedy Trip Through Ch. 11

    Radio broadcaster Regent Communications Inc. sought bankruptcy protection Monday, asking the court to schedule an April 8 confirmation hearing on a prenegotiated reorganization plan under which affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management LP would get most of the company's new equity and about $87 million in debt would be eliminated.

  • March 1, 2010

    EU Accuses Polish Telecom Giant Of Blocking Rivals

    The European Union's competition watchdog sent its initial objections to Telekomunikacja Polska SA on Monday, claiming that France Telecom SA's Polish unit has abused its dominance by hindering rival operators' access to its broadband network.

  • March 1, 2010

    Orange, T-Mobile Get OK For Deal After Concessions

    Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom SA moved one step closer Monday to combining their British units after European Commission and U.K. competition regulators agreed to the companies' plan to sell off around a quarter of their combined radio spectrum and strengthen an existing network-sharing deal with a smaller competitor.

  • February 26, 2010

    Sirius XM Seeks To Strip State Antitrust Claims

    Sirius XM Radio Inc. has moved to dismiss nearly all state antitrust claims against it in a putative class action brought by a New Hampshire man following the company's controversial merger, a request that would leave only a single state claim brought under New Hampshire law remaining in the suit.

  • February 26, 2010

    Sharp Settles Saxon Suit Over Communications Patents

    Sharp Corp. has reached a settlement in patent-holding company Saxon Innovations LLC's infringement suit over four patents covering wireless communications and computer chip functions, following in the footsteps of defendants Palm Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

  • February 25, 2010

    NBC, Comcast Execs Fight Experts' Doubts About Deal

    Top executives from NBC Universal and Comcast Corp. defended the companies' proposed tie-up on Thursday as lawmakers and experts aired a list of concerns about the deal, including its potential to stifle competition in the cable market and affect the development of burgeoning Internet platforms.

  • February 24, 2010

    Judge Won't Toss Challenge To Copyright Royalty Board

    A federal judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit brought by an Internet radio network that claims that the appointment of judges to the Copyright Royalty Board, which sets the rates webcasters and others pay to digitally stream copyrighted sound recordings, is unconstitutional.

  • February 24, 2010

    Qualcomm Evades Wireless Transmission Patent Suit

    A federal judge has tossed a suit accusing Qualcomm Inc. of inducing its customers to infringe a patent for sending documents wirelessly from vehicles, ruling that R&L Carriers Inc. neglected to allege a plausible intent to cause infringement.

  • February 24, 2010

    AT&T Settles Navigation Patent Dispute With Airbiquity

    AT&T Inc. has settled its infringement suit against wireless communications company Airbiquity Inc. over patents related to vehicle navigation, less than a year after having settled a separate patent infringement suit brought by Airbiquity.

  • February 23, 2010

    Internet Providers Fight Regulatory Reclassification

    A coalition of broadband Internet service providers and trade groups has urged the Federal Communications Commission to reject a push by net neutrality groups to put Internet access under the same regulatory classification as telephone service.

  • February 23, 2010

    GoldLantern Barred From Using Skullcandy Cell Phone IP

    Skullcandy Inc. has scored a permanent injunction barring GoldLantern LLC from infringing two of its patents for an integrator that allows a user to simultaneously listen to music and talk on a cell phone.

  • February 22, 2010

    Apple Hits Nokia With Slew Of Counterclaims

    Apple Inc. has thrown another jab in its epic patent fight with Nokia Corp., launching breach of contract, antitrust, invalidity and other counterclaims that accuse the Finnish cell phone maker of copying and using its iPhone-related technologies.

  • February 22, 2010

    Teligent Fights K&L Gates To Preserve Estate Deal

    The unsecured claims estate representative for bankrupt Teligent Inc. is lashing out at K&L Gates LLP, arguing that the firm is unfairly seeking to dismantle a multimillion-dollar settlement relating to former CEO Alex Mandl's departure from the telecom.

  • February 22, 2010

    LCD Cos. Move To Toss Motorola, AT&T Antitrust Suits

    Defendants in multidistrict litigation accusing an array of thin film transistor liquid crystal display panel manufacturers of masterminding a massive price-fixing scheme have moved to dismiss plaintiffs AT&T Mobility LLC and Motorola Inc.’s complaints claiming the companies were overcharged for LCD screens used in cell phones.

  • February 19, 2010

    ITC Starts New Probe Into Apple, Nokia Patent Feud

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted to launch an investigation into Apple Inc.'s allegations that Nokia Corp. is importing and selling computers and cell phones that infringe nine of Apple's patents, including those used in its iPhone and iPod Touch products.

  • February 19, 2010

    Leap Wireless Settles Securites Class Suit For $13.8M

    Wireless communications provider Leap Wireless International Inc. has struck a $13.75 million deal to resolve a putative securities class action accusing it and several executives of making misrepresentations and omissions that inflated its stock price and ended up costing investors hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • February 19, 2010

    Innovative Global Launches Suit Over GPS Patents

    Innovative Global Systems LLC has lobbed a lawsuit at a group of wireless technology providers, accusing them of infringing five of its patents covering GPS systems used in the heavy trucking industry.

  • February 19, 2010

    Alcatel To Pay €93M To End Bribery Investigation

    The telecommunications equipment provider Alcatel-Lucent reportedly has agreed to pay €93 million ($126 million) to end investigations into alleged bribery in several countries.