TEXAS A.G. SUES RADIOSHACK OVER TRASHED CUSTOMER RECORDS
The Texas Attorney General is suing RadioShack after the retailer's employees dumped thousands of customer records in garbage bins behind a store near Corpus Christi, Texas, on March 21. The records contained Social Security numbers, credit and debit card information, names, addresses and telephone numbers, according to investigators.
VONAGE MAY HAVE FOUND VERIZON PATENT WORKAROUND
Internet telephony provider Vonage, which is facing a possible shutdown of its service this week because of a patent dispute, may have gotten a stay of execution. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company has signed a deal with a wholesaler of voice over Internet Protocol services called Voiceone, owned by a company called VoIP Inc., that could provide it with a work-around for at least two of the three patents owned by Verizon Communications.
EU MAPS NEW PLAN TO OVERHAUL PATENT SYSTEM
The European Commission will launch proposals aimed at reviving its campaign to create a common patent system for Europe that would cut costs for companies and simplify legal procedures. European patents are managed at a national level, creating an unwieldy system of varying rules, court systems and languages across the 27-nation bloc. Securing a patent for just half the countries in the European Union costs more than 10 times as much as a patent in the U.S. or Japan, according to the commission.