Tech Law: Rambus Suing, Datel After Microsoft, Klausner To Sue Motorola, RIMM, More

Last Updated Nov 30, 2009 1:22 PM EST

A look at highlights of the past week in the high tech legal world: courts, regulation, and lawsuits.

Rambus antitrust case on deck for January -- The Rambus (RMBS) antitrust case against Hynix, Micron (MU), and Samsung is scheduled to start in January, possibly to be coordinated with the Tessera Technologies case against Hynix. Meanwhile, Nvidia (NVDA) claims that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected all 17 claims in three patents that Rambus was asserting against the chip company. [Source: Barron's Tech Trader Daily, Nvidia Press Release]

Datel sues Microsoft over Xbox 360 memory -- Datel is suing Microsoft (MSFT) for alleged antitrust activities because the latter changed the popular gaming console so as not to accommodate the former's memory modules. [Source: Engadget]

Voicemail suit targets Motorola, RIMM -- Patent licensing company Klausner Technologies is suing Motorola (MOT) and RIMM (RIMM) for patent infringement in visual voicemail. [Source: Barron's Tech Trader Daily]

Apple tries to finish off Psystar -- Apple (AAPL) asked a court for a permanent injunction to prevent Psystar from selling Mac clones. In the meantime, it seems that Psystar had promised investors clone sales rates that would have hit 12 million in 2011. Hmm, then again, maybe not. [Source: CNET, Computerworld]

Nintendo counterfeit DS action dismissed in Spain -- Nintendo has tried to use a Spanish law prohibiting circumvention of copyright protection technologies, but a court in the country ruled against the company, saying that the firm that made the DS cartridges in question had brought additional functionality unavailable from Nintendo. [Source: TechDirt]

Gavel image via Flickr user Thomas Roche, CC 2.0.

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