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  • Murder Accusation Made in Tobias Estate Case Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 9:46 AM ET

    Attorneys for the brothers of hedge fund manager Seth Tobias say his wife killed him because "Seth was worth substantially more to (her) dead than he was alive, and she knew that."

  • Vonage, Nortel Settle Patent Disputes Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 10:45 AM ET
    Vonage

    Internet phone company Vonage Holdings and Canadian telecommunications equipment maker Nortel Networks have settled their patent disputes, the companies said Monday.

  • Qualcomm Wins a Round in Patent Battles with Nokia Thursday, 22 Nov 2007 | 3:45 AM ET

    Qualcomm won a round in its patent battles with wireless phone maker Nokia Wednesday as a U.S. trade court tossed out a lawsuit asking for Qualcomm's chips to be barred from the United States.

  • Supreme Court Hears Landmark Investor Suit Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | 10:25 AM ET

    On Oct. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that some say may open the flood gates to a tidal wave of investor lawsuits. Legal experts joined CNBC to debate both sides of the issue.

  • Texas Oilman Pleads Guilty in Oil-for-Food Scandal Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 11:24 AM ET
    Oscar Wyatt

    Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one of five counts against him for his role in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal.

  • Sprint Says Jury Finds Vonage Infringed on Six Patents Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 10:38 AM ET

    A U.S. federal court jury found that Vonage infringed on six Sprint Nextel patents, according to Sprint spokesman Matt Sullivan.

  • ImClone, Merck Shares Jump on Erbitux Trial Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 12:41 PM ET

    The cancer drug Erbitux unexpectedly extended survival in a trial of patients with advanced lung cancer, sending shares of its maker, ImClone Systems, soaring as much as 24 percent.

  • Is Startup EEStor About to Kill The Battery? Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | 10:31 PM ET

    Millions of inventions pass quietly through the U.S. patent office each year. Patent No. 7,033,406 did, too, until energy insiders spotted six words in the filing that sounded like a death knell for the internal combustion engine.

  • Fired Wal-Mart Exec's Lawsuit Dismissed Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 4:39 AM ET

    A state judge in Michigan has sided with Wal-Mart Stores and dismissed a lawsuit by former marketing executive Julie Roehm over her firing, saying the case should be filed in Arkansas.

  • Broadcom Seeks Ban on Qualcomm Chips Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | 5:10 AM ET

    Qualcomm, hoping to rebound from a string of legal setbacks, urged a federal judge Tuesday to reject a competitor's request to stop it from selling cell phone chips that infringe on patents.

  • An amorous entrepreneur who created a "virtual bed" featured in Second Life, a Web site in which users can build their own Internet lives, is suing an unknown user for allegedly "stealing" the bed for his or her own virtual sexual fantasies. The lawsuit for copyright infringement is "inappropriate and unfair," said Andrew Langsam, an intellectual property lawyer at Pryor Cashman. He joined "Power Lunch" to talk about the nature of cyber-play.

  • Court Rules in Favor of Ariad in Eli Lilly Suit Monday, 9 Jul 2007 | 5:26 PM ET

    Ariad Pharmaceuticals said a U.S. federal court ruled in favor of it and co-complainants in a patent infringement case against Eli Lilly, saying that the patent was valid and enforceable.

  • CNBC's Schacknow: Huckman's Crystal Ball Tuesday, 19 Jun 2007 | 3:04 PM ET

    We can’t all be experts at everything, which is why we have people who are experts at something. Having said that, I’ll let you in on one of my little secrets -- how to tell when a pharmaceutical story has significance. ... Also: a seemingly innocuous headline -- about Expedia -- has plenty of hidden meaning.

  • U.S. Bans Some Cell Phones in Qualcomm Patent Case Friday, 8 Jun 2007 | 11:14 AM ET

    The U.S. International Trade Commission ordered a ban on Thursday of some imported cell phone models containing Qualcomm chips that infringe on a Broadcom patent.

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to pay a $1 million criminal fine for lying to the federal government about a patent deal involving its Plavix blood thinner, the Justice Department said.

  • The U.S. International Trade Commission said it extended by 13 days a deadline to decide what remedies, if any, to impose in a patent infringement complaint brought by Broadcom against rival Qualcomm.

  • Supreme Court Declines Review of Amgen Patent Dispute Monday, 14 May 2007 | 12:55 PM ET

    The U.S. Supreme Court said it would not hear an appeal by drug maker Amgen that centers on how much leeway appeals courts should have in overruling the findings of lower courts in patent cases.

  • Many reporters and columnists over the last couple of days have opined that baseball teams will not hesitate to do anything in their clubhouses about beer and we’ve seen that as more teams over the past couple days have decided to rid free beer from the locker rooms.Then they tell you that nothing will likely happen in the stands because beer is a huge profit maker for the teams and beer companies spend so much money on baseball that there’s a lot of politics behind doing anything more than the symbolic gesture of keeping alcohol out of the locker rooms.

  • The Supreme Court sided with Microsoft in a case that restricts the reach of U.S. patents overseas. The decision could impact other lawsuits against Microsoft and save the company billions because of the global scope of its operations.

  • BlackBerry Blackout! Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 11:08 AM ET

    If you went to bed and woke up this morning thinking the world was quiet and that today was going to be a light day at the office, you may want to call in, instead of relying on your BlackBerry. Research in Motion confirms a massive, system wide blackout affecting all its 8 million subscribers that began around 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, and while service is being restored, it is still sporadic and may take much of the day to get back on line completely.