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Acer investigating HP's patent claims

Acer investigating HP's patent claims

Acer has pledged a "full investigation" of patent-infringement claims made by HP

Fast-growing PC vendor, Acer, is investigating allegations that its products infringe on patents held by rival, HP,according to the company.

"Acer respects the intellectual properties of third parties and is currently conducting a full investigation of these allegations made by Hewlett-Packard," Acer said in a brief statement. The company also pledged to support its customers through the lawsuit.

On Tuesday, HP filed suit against Acer in a US District Court, claiming the Taiwanese company knowingly violated patents related to optical drives, clock frequency switching and power consumption. HP's complaint seeks a jury trial and compensation from Acer, as well as treble damages for intentional violation of its patents.

But the lawsuit may have to do more with Acer's aggressive growth than patent infringement. HP's lawsuit was likely intended to slow down Acer's growth and US expansion plans, wrote an analyst for Goldman Sachs (Asia), Henry King, in a research note released on Wednesday.

However, Acer was probably protected from HP's patent claims by cross-licenses held by the contract equipment makers who made computers for HP, Acer, and many other companies, he said.


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