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12-14-2012, 10:40 PM #1
Apple, Intel and HP Cleared of Energy Conditioning Patent Allegations by ITC Judge
A U.S. International Trade Commission judge recently ruled in favor of defendants Apple, Intel and HP in a case pertaining to processor patent technology previously asserted by a small technology firm by the name of X2Y Attenuators LLC. In his ruling, ITC Administrative Law Judge David Shaw not only cleared the three companies of any wrongdoing, but determined the patents asserted by X2Y to be invalid.
The complaint was originally filed by the Erie, Pa. company in June 2011 as they sought an import ban over Intel’s alleged infringement of three energy conditioning patents. Machines specifically cited in the initial claim included Apple’s 27-inch Core i3 iMac and HP’s TouchSmart 610 Series PC, while Intel’s Core i7-950 3.06 Ghz LGA1366 Desktop Processor was also named. In response to the allegations, members of Congress sent letters to the ITC in support of Intel, urging the Commission to not issue an import ban.
X2Y released a statement regarding the letters:
Intel did not take a license, but appears to have adopted X2Y’s technology anyway. X2Y is willing, and has always been willing, to provide Intel with a license at a reasonable rate similar to that paid by its other licensees for their manufacture and use of X2Y technology.
Apple seems to be on a roll with these patent cases ending in their favor as this case seems to be the second case ruling in their favor, two days in a row.
Source: Wall Street Journal