Intergraph, TI settle patent lawsuits; H-P countersuit dismissed

Dallas, TX—In one of several patent litigation developments, Intergraph Corp. announced Sept. 10 that Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) and Intergraph have settled their respective patent disputes, and will dismiss all claims and lawsuits against each other.

09/16/2003


Dallas, TX— In one of several patent litigation developments, Intergraph Corp.

As part of the settlement, TI will pay $18 million to license three of Intergraph's patents that define key aspects of parallel instruction computing (PIC). TI uses Intergraph's PIC technology in its TMS320C6000 processors.

Intergraph's intellectual property (IP) division filed a lawsuit on Jan. 30, 2003, charging that its patented PIC technology is an essential component of the TI family of digital signal processors (DSP) marketed under the name TMS320C6000, and that these TI products were infringing Intergraph's PIC patents.

'The settlement with Texas Instruments continues to demonstrate the strength of our patents and the effectiveness of our IP division,' says Halsey Wise, Intergraph's presdient and CEO.

TI filed two separate countersuits against Intergraph on May 5 and May 9, 2003, alleging patent infringement of eight patents against a variety of Intergraph products. The settlement announced Sept. 10 resolves TI's current and any prospective patent claims against Intergraph.

'Today's announcements pertaining to TI and HP only increase our resolve and focus with regard to our patent licensing and litigation program,' says David Vance Lucas, Intergraph's general counsel.

Other litigation
Intergraph also reports that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Hewlett-Packard against Intergraph. Hewlett-Packard filed its complaint May 28, 2003, after Intergraph sued Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Gateway for patent infringement on Dec. 16, 2002. In a Sept. 6 order, Judge Martin J. Jenkins concluded that Hewlett-Packard's non-specific 'allegations do not provide defendant with 'fair notice' of what plaintiff's claim or claims are,' and dismissed the complaint. Hewlett-Packard has 20 days to amend its complaint. A copy of the order is available at www.intergraph.com/ip/HPDismissalOrder030906.pdf .

In another matter, Intergraph reported that a September 5, 2003 order from U.S. District Judge T. John Ward sets the trial schedule in Intergraph's lawsuit against Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Gateway. The trial is scheduled to begin August 2, 2004. Intergraph filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, the Eastern District of Texas, on Dec. 16, 2002, charging the three companies with infringing computer system-level patents related to cache memory management technology. The scheduling order is available at www.intergraph.com/ip/stipulated_deadlines090503.pdf .

More information on Intergraph's pending patent litigation matters may be found at www.intergraph.com/ip/ .

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor
jmontague@reedbusiness.com





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