Texas

  • December 20, 2006

    Companies Tangle Over Laser Technology

    Two companies have squared off in a Texas court over three patents related to laser and pulsed-light skin rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction, marking the latest development in a series of legal battles over light-based cosmetic treatments.

  • December 20, 2006

    Sony BMG Settles Piracy Cases

    Sony BMG has settled cases brought by prosecutors in California and Texas over the company’s failed anti-piracy technology intended to restrict the number of times a music CD could be copied.

  • December 19, 2006

    Analog Sues Over Patents, Copyrights

    Analog Devices Inc. has filed a lawsuit against rival integrated circuit maker Silicon Laboratories Inc., alleging that Silicon Laboratories’ digital isolator products infringe on five of Analog’s patents, and accusing the defendant of ripping off Analog’s copyrighted technical data sheets.

  • December 19, 2006

    Erectile-Dysfunction Ruling Allowed To Stand

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a summary judgment dismissing a patent attorney's lawsuit against Sonosite Inc., a manufacturer of handheld ultrasound devices, because it had improperly amended its patent application.

  • December 19, 2006

    Federal Circuit Remands Case Over On-Sale Doctrine

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a summary judgment ruling in favor of software company BEA Systems Inc. after concluding the lower court erred in its interpretation of the on-sale bar doctrine.

  • December 18, 2006

    Intel Should Show Foreign Docs: Special Master

    The special master overseeing discovery in the antitrust suit between Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has asked the court to force Intel to produce documents containing evidence of alleged foreign misconduct.

  • December 19, 2006

    FCC To Vote On Easing Cable Franchise Regulations

    In a move that could open up competition in the local cable market, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on Wednesday on whether to relax the regulations governing cable television acquisitions.

  • December 18, 2006

    Swift Faces RICO Suit Over Illegal Workers

    Eighteen former employees of Swift & Co. have filed a $23 million lawsuit alleging that the meat packing company conspired to “manipulate and depress the labor market and wages by hiring illegal immigrants,” lawyers for the employees said.

  • December 18, 2006

    Antitrust Regulators Eye Qantas Bid

    Australia’s competition authority is scrutinizing an $8.64 billion (A$11.1 billion) takeover bid for Qantas Airways Ltd. submitted by a consortium of private equity investors.

  • December 18, 2006

    Eli Lilly Disputes New York Times Report

    Eli Lilly & Co. downplayed the risks of its schizophrenia and bipolar disorder drug Zyprexa while also encouraging doctors to prescribe the drug for patients that had neither condition, according to company marketing documents.

  • December 18, 2006

    Wi-Fi Dispute Moved To Texas Court

    In a setback for a handful of computer giants, a California federal court has decided to transfer their patent infringement lawsuits against CSIRO to a Texas court that sided with the Australian national science research agency in a similar case last month.

  • December 18, 2006

    Texas Districts Jump On Rocket Docket Bandwagon

    District judges in Texas are looking to expand the state’s hold on quick patent litigation by adopting procedures similar to those created and popularized in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

  • December 18, 2006

    Amazon Strikes Back At IBM

    In harshly worded counterclaims, online retailer Amazon.com Inc. has sought to turn the tables on IBM Corp., accusing the computer giant of copying its e-commerce technology and asserting invalid patents.

  • December 15, 2006

    Hitachi Goes After Samsung In Disk Drive Brawl

    A Netherlands unit of Hitachi Ltd. has hit South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and two of its subsidiaries with a patent infringement suit over its hard disk drive patents.

  • December 15, 2006

    Catheter Maker Settles Antitrust Suit For $49M

    Catheter manufacturer Rochester Medical Corp., which launched an antitrust suit against a group of rival medical supply manufacturers and group purchasers two years ago, announced Thursday that it has settled with yet another party named in the suit.

  • December 14, 2006

    U.S. May Act Against BP Over Trading Activities

    Oil giant BP PLC said federal regulators intend to initiate a civil enforcement action against its U.S. unit over its trading practices for gasoline futures contracts four years ago.

  • December 14, 2006

    Microsoft Sues Alcatel-Lucent Over Messaging

    Software giant Microsoft Corp. has taken aim at French communications provider Alcatel-Lucent in a patent infringement suit over a slew of its messaging patents.

  • December 14, 2006

    HSBC Named In $50M Suit Over Texas Firm's Collapse

    A federal class action lawsuit was filed Wednesday against the French unit of HSBC Holdings Plc, accusing one of the lender’s predecessors-in-interest of funding an offshore scheme that defrauded investors out of more than $50 million.

  • December 13, 2006

    Raid Raises Compliance Concerns For Employers

    In what may be the largest workplace crackdown on illegal immigration in U.S. history, federal authorities have arrested more than 1,000 people at meat processing giant Swift & Co.—a move that legal experts say should prompt employers nationwide to tighten their own safeguards in a bid to avoid potential civil or criminal liability.

  • December 13, 2006

    Dell, Sanyo Targeted Over Digital TV Patent

    Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and TiVo Inc., among others, have been targeted by a patent-holding company that alleges the companies infringed its patent for digital television receivers.