Patent Infringement News

Seagate Wins $525 Million from Western Digital in Arbitration over Trade Secret Case

November 22, 2011 - Western Digital, already affected by the flooding in Thailand which has caused a shortage of hard drives, was ordered to pay an arbitration award of $525 million to its rival Seagate Technology. The award is based on a finding that a former Seagate employee misappropriated trade secrets and other confidential information.

The $525 million does not include prejudgment interest, which has yet to be determined.

Motorola Accused of Trade Secret Theft

November 18, 2011 - Lemko Corp. filed suit against Motorola Mobility for allegedly misappropriating trade secrets. Lemko claims that Motorola hired an ex-Lemko engineer who had "access to and knowledge of Lemko's trade secrets" and source code, and that Motorola then assigned the engineer to create the position-determining technology that the company previously lacked.

Groupon Sued for Patent Infringement

November 8, 2011 - A company called Hothand sued the popular daily-deal website Groupon for infringing a patent on a "subscription-based system for providing commerce information for one or more mobile devices for one or more merchants".

Hothand claims that Groupon's iPhone and iPad apps infringe the patent, as do its apps for Android, Windows and BlackBerry devices.

Oracle Sued for Infringement of Visual Voicemail Patents

November 1, 2011 - Last week Klausner Technologies, Inc. announced that it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Oracle Corporation. The patents-at-suit cover Visual Voicemail, which allows users of mobile phones or computers to visually identify and selectively listen to voicemail messages.

Oracle's enterprise messaging products allegedly use the patented Visual Voicemail technology.