Chides company and shareholders’ lawyers for ‘abdication of their responsibility’
We are sure Hewlett-Packard would like nothing more than to efface the memory of its disastrous 2011 acquisition of British software company Autonomy, but that is unlikely to happen anytime soon as right now it is struggling to get a federal judge to accept its settlement proposals in a shareholder lawsuit over the multi-billion dollar debacle — a $11.1 billion acquisition that resulted in a $8.8 billion write-down a year later, of which $5 billion was said to be on account of “serious accounting improprieties, misrepresentation and disclosure failures” at Autonomy.
Back in January 2013, Asetek filed a suit against CMI USA Inc, formerly known as Cooler Master, for patent infringement on two of the patents held by the company. Asetek requested that CMI must cease and desist the production and sale of its Seidon 120M, 120XL, and 240M liquid cooling systems because the pumps were too similar to its own design. On Wednesday, a jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that CMI had infringed on Asetek’s patents.
As hard as it may be to believe now, Advanced Micro Devices once presented a serious threat to Intel’s dominance of the PC microprocessor market. However, if you invested in a first-generation Pentium 4 processor (codenamed Willamette) between November 20, 2000 and June 30, 2002, you may not have particularly fond reminiscences of AMD’s heyday. Your recollections of that time may very well be of your new Pentium 4 chip living up neither to your expectations nor to the impressive “independent third-party” benchmarks that Intel released to reviewers in the lead up to Pentium 4’s launch.
Landmark verdict by Italian Supreme Court concludes 9-year-old case
In late 2005, an Italian citizen named Marco Pieraccioli, who had just bought a Windows laptop from Hewlett-Packard, took the then world’s leading PC vendor to court after the latter refused to issue a refund for the accompanying Windows XP Home Edition license that he had no need of. Almost nine years later, Pieraccioli has finally secured the €140.00 refund (plus interest and costs) that he was after.
Microsoft is not the only company to have pinned high hopes on Windows Live Tiles and been let down. The user interface element that has come to be associated with Windows 8’s well-documented alienation of desktop users has been at the center of a patent lawsuit since 2012. A little-known Portland, Maine-based company named Surfcast, which inhabits the obscure realm of “operating system technology” design, suddenly shot to attention a couple of years back, when it filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, accusing the latter of infringing on one of its patents with Live Tiles. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on Monday gave its final written decision in an inter partes review (IPR) of patent 6,724,403 (the “'403 patent”) and sadly for Surfcast, Live Tiles are just as difficult to make money from as ever.
AT&T this week agreed to pay out $105 million in fines and refunds to settle "mobile cramming" charges against the company. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the settlement is the largest ever with a prominent mobile phone carrier. As part of the settlement, AT&T will pay the FTC $80 million to provide refunds to customers, $20 million in penalties, and a $5 million penalty to the Federal Communications Commission.
Entertainment and Devices Division’s 2013 operating income pales in comparison
A couple of months back, Microsoft instituted legal proceedings against Samsung for its refusal to fulfill “substantial” obligations under a 2011 agreement that allows the latter to use patented technology in its Android devices in exchange for annual royalty payments. But with virtually all vital facts and figures contained in Microsoft’s complaint being redacted from public view, we could do little more than take wild guesses at the money involved. Not anymore. Microsoft’s complaint was unsealed Friday and, as a result, we now have a much better idea of just what is at stake.
Each year, Microsoft earns billions in patent royalties from Android device vendors
Microsoft is suing Samsung for breach of contract over the non-payment of Android patent royalties. The matter pertains to a 2011 patent licensing agreementrequiring the South Korean electronics heavyweight to make annual patent royalty payments to Microsoft in exchange for the right to use the latter’s patented technology in its Android-based smart devices.
Lohan takes exception to a character in GTA V that bears her likeness
At only age 28 years old, Lindsay Lohan has gone from that adorable child actress who starred in Disney's remake of The Parent Trap to an adult who's been in trouble with the law on more than one occasion. She's had her share of legal issues, but this time she's the one suing -- Lohan is taking Take-Two Interactive and subsidiary Rockstar Games to court for allegedly using her likeness for an in-game character in Grand Theft Auto V.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston denied Asus' request to dismiss a lawsuit brought on by Netgear accusing the company of reporting misleading information related to the signal strength of its wireless routers, which if true would be in violation of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. Asus' motion to dismiss was scheduled for a hearing, but Judge Illston denied the motion last Thursday.