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  • Jury Finds Vonage Infringed on Three Verizon Patents Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 | 5:50 PM ET

    The eight-member jury assessed Vonage $58 million in past damages and ordered it to pay a 5.5% royalty rate on Vonage sales going forward.

  • A U.S. federal judge dismissed Alcatel-Lucent's patent claim against Microsoft over technology that converts speech into text.

  • At Tech Summit, a Debate Over the Slow Patent Process Tuesday, 27 Feb 2007 | 12:59 PM ET

    The U.S. patent process takes an average 44 months -- a woefully slow rate for the rapidly evolving technology sector. That's just one of the challenges being tackled at the first-ever Technology Policy Summit in San Jose. CNBC's Silicon Valley Bureau Chief Jim Goldman reports.

  • Expert: Top Court May Favor M'soft Over AT&T Wednesday, 21 Feb 2007 | 12:30 PM ET
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    The battle between software giants Microsoft and AT&T rumbles on, as Microsoft prepares to defend itself in front of the U.S. Supreme Court against AT&T’s claim that its patent has been infringed. The outcome of this latest step, which rests on a technicality involving outsourcing, will be hugely significant in the case that will make the difference of billions of dollars to the software industry.

  • Kodak, Sony Enter License Agreement Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 10:23 AM ET

    The companies also agreed to conclude their patent litigation, which involved imaging technologies, Kodak said.

  • U.S. Group Sues Nokia, Samsung Over Bluetooth Wednesday, 3 Jan 2007 | 4:42 AM ET

    The Washington Research Foundation has sued mobile phone makers Nokia, Samsung Electronics and Matsushita-owned Panasonic for infringing on a patent for wireless Bluetooth technology.

  • AstraZeneca's European Nexium Patent Revoked Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006 | 11:37 AM ET

    Private generic drugmaker Ratiopharm International had challenged the patent, which led to the decision.