HP and Gateway shake hands over patent dispute

By Derek Sooman on March 2, 2006, 9:09 PM
HP and Gateway have kissed and made up, with Gateway agreeing to make a $47m payment to HP. The two companies fell out over patent infringement allegations made by both companies against each other in 2004, but all that has been resolved now. The agreement means that both now have a licence to use the other's intellectual property.

HP sued Gateway in March 2004, alleging the smaller company had violated six of its patents covering power management, keyboard-password functions and cursor-generation, among other technologies.

Gateway countersued the following May, alleging HP had infringed five of its patents. In the same month, HP filed a complaint with the ITC requesting it find Gateway guilty of infringing seven of its patents and that it ban the importation into the US of allegedly infringing kit.

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crossfire851 said:
This just shows that you shouldn't hold grudges, no matter how money hungery you are.
gudel said:
don't sue others if you steal their stuff.
mentaljedi said:
Hey! Maybe this incident could cause some sort of joinventures happening with the two?
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