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April 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Microsoft Corp. must pay $368 million to Alcatel-Lucent, the world's largest supplier of telecommunications equipment, after a jury found Alcatel's patents were infringed. Alcatel-Lucent had asked for about $1.75 billion from Microsoft and Dell Inc. after claiming that four of its patents were violated. The verdict was handed up by a federal court jury in San Diego.
Cortex learned the hard way about the importance of patents. When the Irvine company started a decade ago, its founding scientists from UC Irvine figured they would reap some commercial benefits from their research findings by developing a smell test for diagnosing patients with Alzheimer's disease. Trouble was, the research was widely published and nobody had bothered to patent the findings, so that project died.
March 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded two patents to Steve Jobs, the Apple Inc. co-founder who died five months ago. The patents were posthumously awarded to Jobs, as well as other employees of Apple, for their design of the current iMac and for the third-generation iPod Shuffle - which was famous for its tiny size and lack of buttons. In total, the agency awarded 19 patents to the company, which is notorious for stockpiling patents. In the past, Apple has filed patents for items ranging from products that have never made it to the public to staircases used at Apple stores around the world.
July 18, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Qualcomm Inc. shares rose 11% after the company said authorities in Japan and Europe upheld three key patents on its mobile-phone technology. Qualcomm rose $6.75 on Nasdaq to close at $69.81. The company said its patents withstood a challenge by Nokia, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. and other companies that are supporting a new rival version of the cell-phone standard developed by Qualcomm.
April 21, 1999
Commerce Secretary Bill Daley today will unveil an Internet database with text and images of 2 million patents and more than 1 million registered and pending trademarks. The searchable database is at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site at
October 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Amgen Inc. of Thousand Oaks won a court ruling blocking Roche Holding from selling the anemia drug Mircera in the U.S. because it infringes Amgen patents. U.S. District Judge William Young in Boston issued an order repeating his tentative findings from a February hearing.
November 5, 2002 | From Times Wires Services
Cable television set-top box maker Scientific-Atlanta Inc. on Monday said a Georgia federal court has thrown out some patent infringement claims against it made by Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. Atlanta-based Scientific-Atlanta said the court ruled that the firm's Explorer 3000 and 8600x set-top boxes do not infringe two patents held by Gemstar, which makes interactive television-programming guides.
July 18, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
The parent company of Venice-based visual effects house Digital Domain has settled a legal tussle with 3-D conversion rival Prime Focus World. Digital Domain, which created visual effects for the "Transformers" movies and "Tron: Legacy," has dropped a lawsuit it filed against Prime Focus in 2011 alleging that the Indian company had infringed on its patented technology for converting films from 2-D to 3-D. Under a settlement agreement announced...
June 29, 1997
Odetics Inc. said a federal appeals court ruled in its favor in a patent suit against Storage Technology Corp. Odetics said Friday the appeals court overturned a lower court's decision that its patents for library pass-through ports were not infringed by Storage Technology, based in Louisville, Colo. The appeals court remanded the case for consideration of infringement, Odetics said.
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