ACER SUES HP AGAIN OVER PATENTS

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ACER SUES HP AGAIN OVER PATENTS

 user 2007-11-01 at 3:37:00 pm Views: 49
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    Acer sues HP again over patents
    Two
    of the world’s largest PC makers still can’t seem to get along.Acer is
    suing Hewlett-Packard again for patent violations. It’s an escalation
    of the battle over the two companies’ intellectual property that began
    earlier this year.Filed in a U.S. District Court in Wisconsin and with
    the U.S. Internaional Trade Commission Tuesday, Acer said it is
    countersuing HP for infringing on its patents related to servers, PCs,
    and peripheral devices. HP declined to comment on Acer’s suit.HP
    initiated the fight in March when it sued Acer over five patents
    involving read/write optical drives, power management in notebooks, and
    digital bus arrangement. In the lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court
    and with the International Trade Commission, HP demanded that Acer
    cease importing its products that infringe on those patents to the
    U.S.Less than a month later, HP added four more patents regarding video
    control and heat management to the suit. Acer struck back in July,
    saying that HP had violated some of its patents on antenna and DVD-ROM
    head technology.The stacks of legal documents flying back and forth
    come at a time when both companies are hitting their stride. HP has
    been the reigning No. 1 PC vendor in the world for the past year and
    continues to report strong quarterly results.Meanwhile, Acer continues
    to push its market share higher with double-digit growth here in the
    U.S. In August, the Taiwanese company announced it would acquire
    Gateway, which Acer hopes will help put it squarely in front of rival
    Lenovo as the No. 3 most popular PC maker worldwide. Right now, Acer
    and Lenovo are running neck and neck.