Telecommunications

  • July 30, 2008

    Nokia, Google Sued Over Messaging Technology

    Patent-holding company Stragent LLC on Tuesday sued numerous cell phone and technology companies, including Nokia Inc. and Google Inc., alleging infringement of a patent for messaging systems.

  • July 30, 2008

    Aloft Hits Cell Phone Makers With Browser Patent Suit

    Patent-holding company Aloft Media LLC on Tuesday lodged a patent suit against AT&T Inc. and the world's largest cell phone makers, accusing them of infringing a patent related to a data networking system.

  • July 30, 2008

    Nokia Siemens Settles With Australian Patent Holder

    Nokia Siemens Networks US LLC and an Australian patent-holding company have settled a suit that accuses a group of cell phone giants including Nokia Siemens of stealing digital technology invented by three Australian scientists more than a decade ago.

  • July 30, 2008

    Italian Broadcaster Sues YouTube For €500M

    Italian broadcasting company Mediaset SpA became the latest media company to sue Google Inc.'s YouTube for copyright infringement on Wednesday when it filed a lawsuit in a Rome court seeking €500 million ($779 million) in damages.

  • July 30, 2008

    House Committee Probes Telecom Subsidy

    AT&T Inc., Verizon Corp., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Alltel Corp. have all come under scrutiny by a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is investigating how the telecommunications companies use a federal subsidy that allocates billions of dollars to them.

  • July 28, 2008

    Former Siemens Exec Convicted In Bribery Case

    A former Siemens AG executive has reportedly received a two-year suspended prison sentence and a €108,000 ($170,000) fine for bribing foreign officials in order to win cushy contracts for telecommunications equipment.

  • July 28, 2008

    FCC To Take Action Against Comcast

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is reportedly set to rule against Comcast Corp. in a case accusing the cable giant of blocking file sharing by Internet users on its network.

  • July 28, 2008

    XM, Sirius Swap $20M Fines For $3.5B Merger

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve the controversial $3.5 billion merger between Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. with a list of conditions it says will protect consumers from anti-competitive harms and offer them better service.

  • July 25, 2008

    Rigases Hit With Two More Counts Of Tax Fraud

    Shortly after a federal judge refused to drop charges of tax evasion and conspiracy against the founder of bankrupt cable company Adelphia Communications Corp. and his son, the U.S. government has hit John and Timothy Rigas with a new indictment, tacking on two counts of tax evasion for the year 2001.

  • July 24, 2008

    XM, Sirius Near $20M Deal With FCC

    Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. are reportedly on the verge of a settlement with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission that would allow a controversial merger between the companies to go through.

  • July 23, 2008

    Verizon Agrees To Divestitures In $5.9B Alltel Merger

    Verizon Wireless has offered to divest airwaves in 85 markets in a bid to smooth over antitrust regulators' competition concerns related to the communications company's proposed $5.9 billion merger with Alltel Corp.

  • July 23, 2008

    FCC Vote Over XM, Sirius Merger Is Tied

    The vote count at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission over the controversial Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. merger was once again tied on Tuesday, after Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein decided to vote against the measure.

  • July 23, 2008

    Motorola Settles $10B Trade Secrets Dispute

    A $10 billion trade secrets case against Motorola Corp. has fizzled out after the cell phone maker and a now-defunct Florida-based company agreed to settle the case on Tuesday for an undisclosed amount.

  • July 23, 2008

    German Court Rules Qualcomm Patent Invalid

    The German Federal Patent Court reportedly struck the latest blow to Qualcomm Inc.'s GSM patent infringement claims against rival cell phone giant Nokia Corp. on Wednesday, ruling the patent invalid.

  • July 22, 2008

    Nortel Wins $20M In 'Gray Market' Phone Case

    Nortel Networks Ltd. has secured a $20 million consent judgment against Alliance Telecom Inc. in a suit accusing Alliance of pirating Nortel phone software and selling unauthorized altered equipment.

  • July 21, 2008

    Nokia Settles Overtime Suit With Former Employees

    Nokia Inc. has agreed to settle a Fair Labor Standards Act suit filed by former employees who allege the Finnish cell phone maker failed to pay overtime compensation and misclassified them as independent contractors.

  • July 18, 2008

    FCC Democrat May Approve XM-Sirius Merger

    A U.S. Federal Communications Commission Democrat who was expected to oppose the Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.-XM Satellie Radio merger has pledged to provide the clinching vote for the deal if several stricter conditions are attached to it.

  • July 18, 2008

    Motorola Sues Executive Who Jumped To Apple

    Cell phone maker Motorola Inc., which has been steadily losing market share to its rivals over the last year, sued a former executive on Thursday, accusing him of taking Motorola trade secrets with him when he jumped ship to Apple Inc.

  • July 17, 2008

    Hire Sheet: Law Firms Hired For Major IP Litigation

    Mitsubishi Electric Corp., XM Satellite Radio Inc. and NFL Enterprises Inc. were just some of the companies that hired law firms to work on major IP litigation in recent weeks, according to our daily review of court dockets.

  • July 17, 2008

    Monster Cable, Systemax Settle Patent Flap

    Audio and video cable manufacturers Monster Cable Products Inc. and Systemax Inc. have put down their swords and agreed to settle a suit that Monster filed over its patented packaging designs.