NCR Loses Lawsuit Against Palm, Handspring
In March of 2001, computer system maker NCR Corp. sued Palm Inc. and Handspring on the grounds that their handheld computers infringed on two NCR-owned core patents. These are for a "Portable personal terminal for use in a system for handling transactions," and for a "System for handling transactions including a portable personal terminal." Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware issued a summary judgment, ruling that neither company had infringed on the patents.
"Palm respects valid patents and has taken licenses where appropriate," said Eric Benhamou, Palm chairman and CEO. "We refuse to succumb to intimidation by companies that use charges of patent infringement to bully others."
NCR itself has never used the patents in question, nor marketed a product covered by the patents. NCR notified Handspring of its claim of infringement in March 2000, but never contacted Palm on the matter to seek resolution before filing suit in the U.S. District Court in Delaware.
NCR's lawyers are looking at the decision and considering whether to file an appeal.
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