Texas

  • May 5, 2006

    Conexant, Texas Instruments Settle Patent, Antitrust Claims

    Integrated circuitry maker Conexant Systems Inc. will pay Texas Instruments Inc. $70 million to settle a two-year-old patent infringement battle that included allegations of widespread antitrust violations.

  • May 4, 2006

    Xerox Sues Sharp For Patent Infringement

    Xerox Corporation filed a lawsuit against rival Sharp Corporation on Wednesday, claiming that Sharp knowingly infringed on nine of Xerox’s patents.

  • May 3, 2006

    Options Grants At Affiliated Prompt Derivative Suit

    Shareholders of Affiliated Computer Services Inc. have filed a derivative suit against the company and several of its executives stemming from allegations of backdating on options granted to the company’s former CEO.

  • May 3, 2006

    RIM Pushes For Venue Change In Blackberry Suit

    Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd. isn’t wasting any time swinging back at mobile e-mail technology firm Visto Corp., filing a noninfringement countersuit and seeking to shift litigation away from plaintiff-friendly Marshall, Texas.

  • May 1, 2006

    Easy Gardener Seeks To Retain Houlihan Lokey

    A week after winning court permission to borrow on its debtor-in-possession loan, bankrupt Easy Gardener Products Ltd. is seeking approval to hire Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin Capital Inc. as its financial adviser.

  • May 1, 2006

    Microsoft Takes More Heat In Court From Small Rival

    Less than a month after Microsoft Corp. took a $133 million hit in a patent battle with a small technology company, another tiny firm is taking aim at the software giant and a slew of other software makers, saying the companies are infringing on one of its patents covering sales system technology.

  • May 1, 2006

    Patent Woes Find RIM's Blackberry Once Again

    A new round of intellectual property trouble is brewing for Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd. after rival Visto Corp. filed a federal patent infringement lawsuit against the company Friday. This time, however, the plaintiff is seeking nothing less than complete removal of the wireless e-mail devices from the U.S. market.

  • April 28, 2006

    Energy Executive Pleads Guilty In Embezzling Case

    The former chief financial officer of Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., who was accused of embezzling $77 million, has pled guilty in federal court, joining the litany of energy company executives that have been indicted for fraud.

  • April 27, 2006

    Collins & Aikman Seeks Plan Extension

    Busy cutting down its operating expenses, bankrupt Collins & Aikman Corp. has requested an additional 120 days to work on fleshing out its reorganization plan.

  • April 27, 2006

    Another Code To Crack In "Da Vinci" Case

    Three weeks after the high-stakes battle over Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” had presumably come to an end, a lawyer’s discovery this week that the judge who presided over the case encrypted his own secret code into the text of the ruling has prompted a new wave of legal fervor.

  • April 27, 2006

    Amazon.com Settles Web Tracking Patent Suit

    Amazon.com has resolved an infringement lawsuit brought by BTG International Inc. over its two patents relating to Web navigational tracking used in online marketing programs.

  • April 25, 2006

    Only 3 Months After Filing, IES Emerges From Chapter 11

    Integrated Electrical Services Inc. has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to George F. McElreath, the Assistant U.S. Trustee for the Northern District of Texas.

  • April 24, 2006

    SEC Queries May Hinder IES' Chapter 11

    Bankrupt power and communications provider Integrated Electrical Services is in federal regulators’ crosshairs, a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals.

  • April 21, 2006

    DataTreasury Continues Patent Crusade With New Suit

    DataTreasury has added yet another defendant to its growing patent infringement litigation, this time targeting check imaging service City National Corporation.

  • April 21, 2006

    Star Litigator Shines In IP Trial Win Streak

    Last week's stunning $73 million win for TiVo was the latest feather in the hat for Irell & Manella's Morgan Chu, who boasts an impressive string of courtroom victories.

  • April 20, 2006

    IBM, HP, Sony Sued Over Computer Memory Patents

    Setting the stage for a David v. Goliath battle, a small patent-holding company has filed a lawsuit in federal court against a slew of computer makers, including Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp., accusing the companies of infringing its patents for PC memory-maximization technology.

  • April 20, 2006

    Easy Gardener Files For Chapter 11

    Easy Gardener Products Ltd., a producer of fertilizer and plant food, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to the rising cost of raw materials, increased freight charges and declining cash during the company’s peak season.

  • April 20, 2006

    Managers Block Yukos' Chapter 15 Bid In U.S.

    In an effort to facilitate the sale of Russian oil giant OAO Yukos’ assets, a group of Yukos managers petitioned a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Thursday to reject Yukos’ bid for protection under seldom-invoked Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

  • April 19, 2006

    Microsoft, Autodesk Ordered to Cough Up $133M

    In a stinging setback for software giant Microsoft Corp., a Texas jury has awarded the founder of a small technology company a whopping $133 million in damages in a patent battle over anti-piracy technology.

  • April 18, 2006

    Texas Tech Company Sues Over Rights To LED Patent

    A Texas technology company has sued a former employee over rights to a patent for circuitry LEDs used in wireless telecommunications.