Forgent to sue companies over JPEG patent

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Digital Puer, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. Digital Puer

    Digital Puer Guest

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0404/04042302forgentjpeglawsuits.asp

    AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 22, 2004--Forgent(TM) Networks
    (Nasdaq:FORG) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary,
    Compression Labs Inc., has initiated litigation against 31 companies
    for infringement of United States Patent No. 4,698,672 (the '672
    Patent) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District
    of Texas, Marshall Division. Over the last two years, Forgent's
    intellectual property business has generated approximately $90 million
    from licensing the '672 Patent to 30 different companies in Asia,
    Europe and the United States. Forgent has sought to reach agreements
    on numerous occasions with all these companies, but as of today, none
    of the defendants have chosen to license. Forgent has retained Jenkens
    & Gilchrist, a national law firm, and The Roth Law Firm, of Marshall
    Texas, to represent it in the litigation.

    The defendants are: Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE), Agfa
    Corporation, Apple Computer Incorporated (Nasdaq:AAPL), Axis
    Communications Incorporated, Canon USA, Concord Camera Corporation
    (Nasdaq:LENS), Creative Labs Incorporated, Dell Incorporated
    (Nasdaq:DELL), Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK), Fuji Photo Film Co
    U.S.A, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Gateway Inc. (NYSE:GTW),
    Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), International Business Machines
    Corp. (NYSE:IBM), JASC Software, JVC Americas Corporation, Kyocera
    Wireless Corporation, Macromedia Inc. (Nasdaq:MACR), Matsushita
    Electric Corporation of America, Oce' North America Incorporated,
    Onkyo Corporation, PalmOne Inc. (Nasdaq:pLMO), Panasonic
    Communications Corporation of America, Panasonic Mobile Communications
    Development Corporation of USA, Ricoh Corporation, Riverdeep
    Incorporated (d.b.a. Broderbund), Savin Corporation, Thomson S.A.
    (NYSE:TMS), Toshiba Corporation and Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX).
     
    Digital Puer, Apr 24, 2004
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    Lisa Horton Guest

    Someone's feeling awfully optimistic. That group of companies could
    bury Forgent in legal fees.

    Lisa
     
    Lisa Horton, Apr 24, 2004
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  3. Missing from the list is one of the biggest distibutors of Jpeg code -
    the Independent Jpeg Group (http://www.ijg.org/). This is probably not a
    concidence, since the IJG is a non-profit organisation, and has no assets
    to seize (AFAIK). The controlling body http://www.jpeg.org/ states that
    Jpeg was designed to avoid any patent infrigement (circa 1992).

    If you read previous literature on this subject, you will realise that the
    patent has no merit. Of course that doesn't stop them trying their luck...
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/2168398.stm (August 2002)
     
    Gordon Richardson, Apr 24, 2004
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    Andrew Guest

    If they have got $90M from it so far, I would say it has a lot of
    merit.
     
    Andrew, Apr 24, 2004
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    Chris Brown Guest

    Why? People routinely make money from completely meritless patents. Most
    software-related patents have no merit, but people usually pay off the
    litigator because it's cheaper than fighting a court case, regardless of
    whether you ultimately win or not.

    The trick is not to pick companies that *will* fight you in court, as such
    patents have a bad habit of being ruled invalid when that happens. Since
    this one expires in a few months, they probably think they have nothing to
    lose.
     
    Chris Brown, Apr 24, 2004
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    bmoag Guest

    In the words of the founder of Sony: You cannot sue your way to excellence.
     
    bmoag, Apr 24, 2004
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  7. Blasphemy! Keep your anti-American claptrap away from this newsgrope. Or
    else I'll SUUUUUUUUUUUUUE!
     
    Unclaimed Mysteries, Apr 25, 2004
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