updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon June 9, 2008
Acer HP Settle Dispute
Acer and HP today said they have officially settled lawsuits filed against each other over perceived patent infringements, putting an end to a relatively short multi-month conflict between the two. The terms of the deal are unavailable but put an end both to all three lawsuits in US federal court as well as International Trade Commission complaints, all of which would potentially have prevented either company from shipping some PC models in the country.
HP had first sued Acer in March 2007 claiming a patent violation but was counter-sued as a response in July of the same year, with Acer suing again in October. Such tactics are relatively common in technology disputes when companies hope to force a settlement rather than undergo a lengthy trial.