XEROX ACCUSES SHARP…PATENT INFRINGEMENT

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XEROX ACCUSES SHARP…PATENT INFRINGEMENT

 user 2006-05-05 at 11:40:00 am Views: 88
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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.