NCR Sues Palm and Handspring
Earlier this week, computer system maker NCR Corp. sued Palm Inc. and Handspring Inc., 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.'' They were both granted in 1987.
The papers filed said, in part, "Palm and Handspring knew about the NCR patents; however, they chose not to seek licenses from NCR.'' The company asked for a jury trial and demanded compensatory and actual damages. They also asked that both Palm and Handspring be blocked from producing any more of the infringing devices.
Palm had no comment on the suit. A Handspring representative said his company is working with Palm to defend against it. "The claims are without merit," he said.
No lawsuits were filed against other handheld computer makers, like Compaq or Casio. Asked if NCR planned to expand its complaint to include other handheld device makers, an NCR spokesman said, "for now the complaint pertains directly to Palm and Handspring, and we don't want to speculate beyond what is contained in the complaint.''
Founded in 1884 as National Cash Register, NCR now sells software and hardware such as scanners and ATM machines for the retail and financial industries.
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