The PC maker has purchased thousands of patents surrounding mobile technology as the firm seeks to establish itself in the mobile realm.
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In lock-step with CEO Steve Ballmer's promise at CES 2009 to bring convergence to the PC, phone and TV, Microsoft has patented a way to replace your PC with a smartphone...or rather, to turn a smartphone into a "fully-fledged" PC with hard drive, mouse, display, and so forth.
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PC manufacturer's legal representative in the patents case has faced HP successfully before
Dispute involves five patents for technology HP says the smaller PC company is using without permission.
PC maker has started action in Germany to defend patents on 'ink formulations'
Rival software maker Adobe Systems is set to dump a bit of rain on Macromedia's parade Monday. While Macromedia executives tout one of the company's biggest product launches ever--Web design tools Dreamweaver MX--company lawyers will be in court for the beginning of a contentious patent suit against Adobe. Adobe filed the suit in August 2000, alleging that the user interface of Macromedia's Flash Web animation tool infringes on Adobe's patent for "tabbed palettes," a feature that allows users of design software to rearrange the work space on the PC screen. Macromedia responded with a countersuit soon after, charging that Adobe's Photoshop image-editing software and its GoLive Web design software infringe on two patents that Macromedia holds for editing tools. Adobe and Macromedia representatives confirmed that a jury trial for the original Adobe suit is scheduled to begin Monday in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Del., the same venue currently playing host to the star-studded Hewlett-Packard trial. The Macromedia countersuit is expected to go before a jury shortly after the original case is decided. Adobe and Macromedia have emerged as contentious business competitors, with Adobe especially looking to cut into the commanding lead held by Macromedia's Dreamweaver in the market for professional Web design software. --David Becker, Special to ZDNet News
Bitstream files for patents on ThunderHawk, a new browser for handhelds that loads PC-style Web pages in a bid to avoid the bane of the wireless Web--disappointing content.
PC maker Compaq Computer Corp. sued its low-cost rival eMachines Inc. on Monday, alleging that the California company made use of 13 Compaq patents without permission.