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IBM brings ASUSTeK infringement complaint to ITC

Posted: 10 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ITC complaint? patent infringement? computer product?

IBM has announced the filing of a complaint against Taiwan's ASUSTeK and its North American subsidiary, ASUS Computer International, with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

The complaint details the infringement of IBM patents by certain ASUSTeK computer products and components, and requests an exclusion order against the importation of infringing ASUSTeK computer products and components into the United States.

IBM has made repeated attempts to reach a licensing agreement between the companies. IBM's position has beenand remainsthat ASUSTeK either must license or stop using IBM's patented technology.

The company's complaint identifies three patents that are infringed by ASUSTeK products imported into the United States. These three patents cover important aspects of computer systems, including power supplies, computer cooling and computer clustering capabilities. The infringing ASUSTeK computer products include notebook computers, so-called barebones computer systems, servers, routers and various computer components.

The specific patents asserted in the IBM complaint are U.S. Patent No. 5,008,829 for PC power supply; 5,249,741 for automatic fan speed control; and 5,371,852 a method and apparatus for making a cluster of computers appear as a single host on a network.

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