Advanced Imaging


Consumer Electronics Industry

Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

RIM inks deal for JPEG patent

ZDNet News
via NewsEdge Corporation

Generally, the royalty fees on devices such as digital cameras, where compression is essential, are about 1%, according to Forgent executives. A digital camera bought for $500, therefore, brings Forgent $5.

A patent infringement trial pitting Forgent against approximately 40 PC companies including Apple Computer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM is currently underway in California.

RIM was not part of the litigation, but one of approximately 1,100 other companies that Forgent claims have technology that infringes on its '672 patent. Forgent has been in "friendly business negotiations" with several of the companies it has contacted, including Microsoft, Noonan said.

Forgent sued Microsoft for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in April after Microsoft went to court asking for a declaratory judgment that it didn't infringe the Forgent patent.

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