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Xerox Wins Case Against Palm, 3Com
ROCHESTER (Reuters) - Xerox Corp.(NYSE:XRX - news) said on Thursday it won
a patent infringement suit against 3Com
Corp.(Nasdaq:COMS - news) and Palm Inc.(Nasdaq:PALM - news), as a judge
ruled that their handheld electronic organizers
do infringe on Xerox patents for handwriting recognition software.
Judge Michael Telesca, U.S. District Court for the Western Districk of New
York ruled that Xerox's ``656 patent is valid and
enforceable,'' and that the ``Graffiti product infringers (it).''
The decision ends the liability portion of the case and clears the way for
Xerox to seek damages. Xerox said it will push for
Palm to either to stop making its handheld electronic organizers, which
use the handwriting recognition software, or license
the technology from Xerox.
Xerox sued U.S. Robotics, which was later acquired by 3Com, in April 1997,
claiming that the handwriting recognition
technology marketed as Graffiti and used on Palm handheld devices
infringed a patent Xerox received in 1997.
Xerox said the technology was invented at its Palo Alto Research Center,
known as PARC. --
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