A company called Innovatio is suing coffee, restaurant and hotel chains, claiming their wireless Internet hotspots are infringing on its patents. The company is asking for payments of a few thousand dollars. Tech giants Motorola and Cisco are firing back, saying their products don't infringe and that Innovatio's patents are invalid.
Suspect of home invasion, murder in Minneapolis arrested in Wisconsin
There have been 57 deaths reported as homicides in Minneapolis this year.
Charges: Man stole handgun from house, fired at motorcyclists from car
A chaotic scene that led to a police chase unfolded after an alleged burglary in Ham Lake.
BCA's Uniform Crime Report shows violent crime in MN spiked in 2021
The report details violent crime trends in the seven-county metro and Greater Minnesota.
Search for vulnerable man, 66, missing from Brooklyn Park
Alex Ramirez was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Utility firms blocked from passing on extra $60M in 2021 gas crisis costs to Minnesotans
But the companies will still be able to recoup $600 million.
St. Cloud Times writing staff hit by Gannett budget cuts
Mass layoffs were expected at Gannett-owned outlets across the country.
Pool company sued by AG for allegedly scamming homeowners out of $1M-plus
According to the lawsuit, 17 Minnesota homeowners were affected by this scam.
Walz prepared to 'immediately extradite' Mall of America shooting suspects
The men were arrested in Chicago.
Late cancellation of music festival leaves bad blood in Two Harbors
The cancellation announcement says the promoter walked away from the gig after being harassed by some local residents.
Fatal crash shuts down southbound I-35 north of Twin Cities
A massive backup has built in wake of the fatal crash.
Prolific speeder charged in crash that killed woman, 75, in Plymouth
The man has seven speeding tickets dating back to 2019.
Hunt for suspect who broke into apartment, fatally stabbed man
The homicide is the 57th to happen this year in the city.
Medtronic loses appeal of patent infringement case
Medtronic says it is evaluating its next step after a court rejected the company's appeal of a $74 million patent infringement ruling. The ruling could eventually force Medtronic to stop making one of its heart valves if a competitor - Edwards Lifesciences - seeks an injunction.
Medtronic wins $101M in patent lawsuit against NuVasive
A U.S. District Court has ruled competitor NuVasive must pay the Minnesota-based medical device maker more than $100 million in damages for infringing on three of its patents.
Honeywell sues Best Buy in patent infringement case
The suit claims a digital thermostat made by Nest Labs - and sold by Best Buy - infringes on seven patents held by Honeywell. Honeywell says it will not stand by while competitors "infringe on our intellectual property." Best Buy did not comment.
Caribou Coffee hires new executive
The Brooklyn Center-based coffee retail chain has named Leigh Anne Snider as senior vice president of retail operations. She joins Caribou Coffee from YUM! Brands, where she was the first woman promoted to a chief operating officer position with the Kentucky-based company.
Caribou Coffee announces deal with Rocket Club
Caribou Coffee Company has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with the Minneapolis-based country band to release the group's latest CD, North Country. This is the first time the Brooklyn Center-based coffee chain will offer customers recorded music in its coffeehouses. (Rocket Club keyboardist Don Smithmier is a founding partner of BringMeTheNews.)
Mayo Clinic wins major patent victory
The Supreme Court sided unanimously with Mayo in a patent dispute with California-based Prometheus Laboratories. The clinic had used a blood test developed by Prometheus until 2004, when it developed its own in-house test. Prometheus sued for patent infringement, but Mayo argued that using test to measure a natural bodily process is not patent eligible.
City of Minneapolis paying millions for unused Wi-Fi services
Six years ago, leaders in Minneapolis decided to spend more than $1 million each year to expand wireless internet for various services. But the Star Tribune reports Minneapolis only used 11 percent of the bandwidth it paid for last year. Usage is expected to increase as the city continues to install Wi-Fi in squad cars and a variety of new wireless cameras.
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