Thursday, April 26th 2007

Microsoft, Dell, and Gateway Sued over video encoding patents

In a figurative triple play, the Delaware Multimedia Patent Trust (MPT) is suing three technology giants for large sums of money. They are claiming that they own patents to Lucent technologies, and the right to sue for past infringements. The MPT is suing over patents regarding an "adaptive non-linear quantizer", "optimized scanning of transform coefficients in video coding", and "video coding with optimized low complexity variable length codes". The MPT wants a lot of money to cover damages, costs, and expenses.Source: The Inquirer
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5 Comments on Microsoft, Dell, and Gateway Sued over video encoding patents

#1
kwchang007
???? dell and gateway made video encoding stuff.....very interesting never saw that one coming
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theonetruewill
NOO! Gateway computers are cool! Although this is won't be the first time they've been sued over 'borrowing' other people's technology; remember the infinite HP-Gateway court cases anyone?:p
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blobster21
Let the big fishes eat each others, all they aim is profit, no matter the way to achieve it
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
No, I dont remember that, refresh me eh?

Lucent technologies, thats based here in Alabama if Im not mistaken. I doubt they own any patents, but hey, let them lower prices for us!!!!
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theonetruewill
by: WarEagleAU
No, I dont remember that, refresh me eh?

Lucent technologies, thats based here in Alabama if Im not mistaken. I doubt they own any patents, but hey, let them lower prices for us!!!!
Basically Gateway had been using patented components from HP for some years. At around 1999-2000 the license ended yet according to HP they carried on using the patents. There are theories that they were merely adding in components after the license date, but those particular ones had already been paid for before the end of the license.

Gateway, which has always been incredibly aggressive to people and companies that try to take it to court, then launched a countersuit against HP. They then reacted with another and Gateway responded, and the courts became a little bogged down! Gateway settled with HP out of court with an estimated payment of around $45-50 million. However there were some dealings between the two and HP has been rumoured to have supplied parts to Gateway under renewed licenses not costing so much, so as to allow them to continue supplying them and as a compromise and to clear the air between the two.

3 of the laptops now in our house use some HP components.
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