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IBM to acquire Texas Memory Systems

August 17, 2012 9:53 am | News | Comments

IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a developer of high-performance flash memory solutions. Following acquisition close, IBM plans to invest in and support the TMS product portfolio, and will look to integrate over time TMS technologies into a variety of solutions including storage, servers, software, and PureSystems offerings.

NanoSteel announces GM Venture investment

August 17, 2012 9:33 am | News | Comments

The NanoSteel Company has announced that General Motors Ventures LLC has invested in the company. GM Ventures, a General Motors subsidiary created to invest in promising automotive technologies, joined lead shareholders to complete the Series C financing round. Terms of the GM Ventures investment were not disclosed.

United Technologies Corp. completes acquisition of Goodrich

August 13, 2012 9:59 am | News | Comments

United Technologies Corp. announced it has completed its acquisition of Goodrich Corp., marking a major milestone for the company and strengthening its position in the commercial aerospace industry. Goodrich will be combined with Hamilton Sundstrand to create the new UTC Aerospace Systems business unit, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.

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IQT invests in SiOnyx for black silicon imaging systems

August 10, 2012 4:20 am | News | Comments

SiOnyx Inc. announced a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT). Through this strategic partnership, SiOnyx will accelerate the integration of Black Silicon image sensors in imaging systems.

Tech titans face off in court over iPhone, iPad

July 31, 2012 4:57 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

With billions of dollars and control of the U.S. smartphone and computer tablets markets at stake, jury selection began Monday in a closely watched trial between two of the world's leading tech companies over patents. Cupertino-based Apple is demanding $2.5 billion in damages from Samsung Electronics Co., an award that would dwarf the largest patent-related verdict to date.

iBio Inc., GE Healthcare form global alliance

July 26, 2012 8:49 am | News | Comments

iBio Inc. and GE Healthcare announced a new global alliance to commercialize plant-based technologies for the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines. The alliance builds on the existing development and marketing agreement between the two companies announced in 2010.

Dassault Systèmes spins-off Transcat PLM

July 26, 2012 8:40 am | News | Comments

Dassault Systèmes announced that it is spinning off Transcat PLM GmbH, its sales and services subsidiary and long-time development partner dedicated to customers of all sizes in Germany and Slovakia, through a management buyout.

Matheson to partner with SynGest

July 25, 2012 11:27 am | News | Comments

Matheson and SynGest Inc. announced that the two companies have agreed to enter into a strategic agreement for Matheson to supply 100% of the oxygen and nitrogen for SynGest's worldwide BioAmmonia and BioUrea projects.

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Versalis to partner with Genomatica, Novamont for bio-based butadiene

July 24, 2012 11:19 am | News | Comments

Versalis together with Genomatica and Novamont signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic partnership to enable production of butadiene from renewable feedstocks. The partnership, on the basis of which a joint venture will be established, will develop a comprehensive end-to-end process for production of polymer-grade butadiene from biomass.

3DIcon to acquire Dimension Technologies

July 19, 2012 11:45 am | News | Comments

3DIcon Corporation and Dimension Technologies Inc. announced that they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent outlining the terms and conditions for 3DIcon to acquire Dimension Technologies.

Argonne, Evigia finalize licensing agreement

July 16, 2012 10:52 am | News | Comments

Evigia Systems and Argonne National Laboratory announced that they have finalized a licensing agreement under which Argonne's patented, application-specific radio-frequency identification sensor/seal technology and its custom-developed ARG-US software suite will be further developed and marketed by Evigia as a comprehensive nuclear and hazardous material handling solution.

Can fracking pollute water? Study tries to answer

July 13, 2012 3:51 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

A drilling company in southwestern Pennsylvania has given researchers at National Energy Technology Laboratory access to a commercial drilling site, a move that may provide some of the first solid answers to a controversial question: Can gas drilling fluids migrate and pose a threat to drinking water?

Carl Zeiss licenses digital pathology patents from Olympus

July 12, 2012 9:37 am | News | Comments

Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH and Olympus America Inc. have signed a nonexclusive worldwide licensing agreement allowing Carl Zeiss to access an extensive portfolio of patents held by Olympus in the field of digital pathology and virtual microscopy.

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Oracle purchases Collective Intellect

June 5, 2012 9:01 am | News | Comments

Oracle has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Collective Intellect, a company that specializes in cloud-based social intelligence solutions that enable organizations to monitor, understand, and respond to consumers' conversations on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

New Google data shows Microsoft's piracy problems

May 25, 2012 6:21 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

According to recent data released by Google, the search engine giant has logged more than 2.5 million requests in the last 11 months to remove links believed to be violating Microsoft’s copyrights. This exceeded the number of complaints about material produced by entertainment companies pushing for tougher online piracy laws.

Morgan Crucible, Boston-Power sign joint development agreement

May 24, 2012 3:30 am | News | Comments

The Morgan Crucible Company plc announced the signing of a joint development agreement between its wholly owned subsidiary, MorganAM&T Inc., and Boston-Power Inc. to accelerate development and commercialization of MorganAM&T's advanced anode technologies based on metal-loaded carbon nanoparticles.

Jury deadlocks on key issue in Google-Oracle trial

May 9, 2012 5:23 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal jury failed to agree on a pivotal issue in Oracle's copyright-infringement case against Google, blunting the impact of its finding that Google relied on another company's technology to build its popular Android software for mobile devices. The impasse reached Monday in San Francisco hobbles Oracle Corp.'s attempt to extract hundreds of millions of dollars from Google on grounds that the Internet search leader pirated parts of Android from Oracle's Java programming system.

BASF purchases polyamide polymer business from Mazzaferro

May 7, 2012 10:47 am | News | Comments

BASF has declared the purchase of the Mazzaferro Group's polyamide (PA) polymer business based in Brazil. Through this acquisition, the position of BASF has been strengthened with respect to polyamide polymers and engineering plastics in South America.

Reinnervate, Roslin Cellab collaborate on development of protocols

May 4, 2012 9:32 am | News | Comments

Reinnervate Ltd and Roslin Cellab, two U.K. companies in the fields of 3D cell culture and stem cell biology, announced that they will join forces to develop protocols for the 3D growth of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs).

First of two papers on lab-made bird flu published

May 3, 2012 5:09 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Four months ago the U.S. government sought to block publication of two studies about how scientists created an easily spread form of bird flu. Now a revised version of one paper is seeing the light of day with the government's blessing. The second paper, which is more controversial because it involves what appears to be a more dangerous virus, is expected to be published later.

How biotech will benefit from new patent laws

May 1, 2012 5:48 pm | News | Comments

Industrial biotechnology companies rely heavily on patents to attract investment to fund R&D. The recent America Invents Act stands to have a significant impact on technology innovators such as biotech firms, and two recently published papers from patent law experts help explain the extent of these shifts.

Hubbub over content rights greets Google Drive

April 26, 2012 1:55 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Shortly after Tuesday's release of the long-awaited Google Drive service, technology blogs and Twitter users were picking apart a legal clause that made it sound as if all the users' content stored in Google Drive automatically would become the intellectual property of Google Inc. As it turns out, the worries are probably unfounded.

Solar panels cause clashes with homeowner groups

April 25, 2012 8:37 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government wants you to install solar panels at your house, and will even give you a tax break to do it. But your neighbors? Maybe not. Homeowners associations around the country have banned or severely restricted the installation of solar panels, and the solar industry has pushed back to halt the practice.

EOS files patent infringement against Phenix Systems

April 20, 2012 4:00 am | News | Comments

EOS announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Phenix Systems. The lawsuit alleges infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,753,274 and 6,042,774 through the manufacture, sale, and use of the PXL, PXM, PXS, and PXS Dental product lines from Phenix in the U.S.

Oracle focuses on Google emails in Android trial

April 17, 2012 4:54 am | News | Comments

Google and Oracle faced off in court in San Francisco on Monday, with Oracle intending to rely heavily on Google’s own internal emails to build its case. The dispute hinges on Oracle's allegations that Google's widely used Android software for mobile devices infringes on copyrights and patents that Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems Inc. for $7.3 billion in 2010.

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