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Tech Legal Week: Qualcomm, Broadcom, Apple, Yahoo, AA, Cisco, AMD, Intel, More

Qualcomm ups and downs -- A federal court upheld part of a previous ruling that Qualcomm failed to disclose certain patents to a standards body, but vacated part of the ruling saying that the company could not enforce the patents. This is part of a long patent infringement case that Qualcomm had brought against Broadcom in 2005. [Source: Reuters]

Yahoo countersues American Airlines -- AA had sued Google and Yahoofor alleged trademark infringement, claiming that neither of the search engines had the right to sell advertising against a search of the airline's name. Google settled, but Yahoo is countersuing for declaratory judgment, trying to get the case moved from Texas to the northern district of California, presumably because the company thinks it will have a friendlier audience. [Source: Silicon Alley Insider, Eric Goldman's Blog]

Hawaiian Telecom files for bankruptcy -- Hawaiian Telecom Communications filed for bankruptcy. Although it's hard to tell for sure, it seems like it's for Chapter Eleven, restructuring, rather than a Chapter Seven liquidation. [Source: Wall Street Journal]

Tessera loses patent dispute -- The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that six big chip manufacturers did not infringe the patents of semiconductor packaging vendor Tessera Technologies. Shared dropped 10 percent during trading and then another 40 percent after hours. [Source: Wall Street Journal]

Multiven sues Cisco -- Network maintenance vendor Multiven sued Cisco for antitrust activities, alleging that the equipment manufacturer has used a series of illegal actions to maintain a monopoly in after-warranty service for Cisco equipment. [Source: Light Reading]

AMD accuses Intel of stalling -- AMD accused Intel of trying to stall the ongoing EU antitrust investigation. Apparently after being denied its request for an extension to file answers to charges, Intel watched the deadline go swooshing past without filing a response. [Source: Computerworld]

Lawyers looking for DMCA exemption-- The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 made it illegal for people to circumvent digital rights management mechanisms on content. A group from Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society has requested an exemption for consumers when a centrally-controlled DRM system fails (for example, when a company shuts down the server), so they can have access to the content they bought. [Source: CNET's Surveill@nce St@te]

Apple says customers unreasonable to believe its ads -- Apple responded to a lawsuit alleging that iPhone advertising was misleading by taking the position that "no reasonable person in Plaintiff's position could have reasonably relied on or misunderstood Apple's statements as claims of fact." Hey, they can't help it if their consumers are gullible enough to believe them. [Source: AppleInsider]

Google was hours away from antitrust suit-- The Department of Justice was only hours away from filing an antitrust suit against Google when the company backed out of the ad deal with Yahoo. [Source: CNET]