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Jun 15, 2011

Large technology companies may pursue smaller businesses in an effort to acquire the patents to their innovations. As Nortel Networks Corporation filed for bankruptcy, American companies jumped at the chance to get the rights to the defunct company's products.

While many large technology companies are competing for the rights to Nortel's product lines, the businesses must pass the inspections of U.S. antitrust regulators.

Jun 3, 2011

Large technology companies often become entangled in patent infringement claims due to their constant expanding and updating of products. These advancements may lead them to compete against smaller businesses that are often creating similar, more specialized products, leaving some overlap and room for legal action.

Intel Corp., the largest chipmaker in the world, faces patent infringement accusations from X2Y Attenuators LLC, a Pennsylvania-based company that specializes in microchip technology, according to Bloomberg.

The complaint, filed with the U.S.

May 26, 2011

As a lead developer of new technology in the current market, Apple has endured its fair share of lawsuits. The latest legal action is brought about by a small Texas-based holding company, Lodsys. 

The suit dealt with Lodsys claiming the infringement of certain patents through the App Makers' use of Apple Products and services.

May 16, 2011

Honeywell International Inc. recently agreed to pay more than $32 million to settle a patent infringement lawsuit brought against the company by BorgWarner Inc. over a turbocharger titanium wheel, Bloomberg reports.

According to the news source, Honeywell said in a statement that the settlement terms are less than the $100 million that was being sought by BorgWarner.

May 3, 2011

Dish Network Corporation recently settled a patent infringement with TiVo Incorporated, agreeing to pay the home DVR company $500 million to dismiss all pending litigation, reports Bloomberg.

The settlement, which includes an initial payment of $300 million from Dish and partner EchoStar Corporation, allows the two companies to use certain TiVo patents for video recording, according to the news source.

Craig Moffet, an analyst for Sanford C.