*NEWS*XEROX ACCUSES SHARP OF INFRINGEMENT

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*NEWS*XEROX ACCUSES SHARP OF INFRINGEMENT

 user 2006-05-05 at 11:39:00 am Views: 97
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    Xerox accuses Sharp of patent infringement
    (May 2006) – Xerox Corp. filed suit this week against competitor Sharp Corp., accusing the Japanese company of infringing on patents related to its copiers, printers and multifunction machines.
    The 14-page lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Marshall, Texas, accuses Osaka, Japan-based Sharp and its U.S. subsidiary of infringing on nine patents. The suit doesn’t name which specific products violate the patents, and Xerox spokeswoman Christa Carone would not detail which machines are involved.
    “This is a lawsuit that’s about Xerox protecting our valuable intellectual property, something we take very seriously,” Carone said. She declined additional comment.The patents cover areas including paper feeders, faxing functions, control devices and software for xerographic devices, the lawsuit said.The Rochester area’s fourth largest employer is seeking unspecified damages, including payment for past violations, and asks that Sharp be forced to stop selling products that violate the patents.A spokesperson for Sharp could not be reached for comment.The suit was filed in Texas because Sharp has an operation in Dallas. It was unclear how long Sharp has to respond to the filing. Shares of Xerox closed up 24 cents at $14.81.