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Patent infringement suits ramp up for the holiday season

In what appears to be a bit of a shocker in the industry, Silicon Graphics Inc. this week filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ATI Technologies Inc. Current details on the patent infringement is short but SGI is claiming that ATI infringed on SGI U.S. Patent No. 6,650,327, which covers some technical aspect of graphics processing. Details on what exactly the patent is about was also omitted.

Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) is also seeking damages at an unspecified amount and an injunction, stopping ATI from developing and shipping graphics processors that infringe on SGI's patents. At this time, it's not clear what ATI has done, or if ATI will respond with its own lawsuit since both companies have been developing graphics technologies for quite a number of years.

"The Company's technology covered by the '327 patent is an important resource in achieving enhanced graphics processing demanded by today's computer systems," said Dennis McKenna, chief executive officer of Silicon Graphics. The company also indicated that whatever patent 327 was, it also licensed it for use with a number of ATI's competitors -- although the company did not indicate which companies were using the patent.

ATI itself recently completed the final stages of its merger with AMD. ATI shareholders approved of the merger in a recent meeting and both companies are now one. Neither AMD nor it's ATI division had anything to say about SGI's lawsuit.


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RE: quick
By patentman on 10/25/2006 8:23:38 PM , Rating: 2
"That patent is similar to Microsoft patenting the idea of an operating system. Or Intel patenting the idea of a CPU."

Good god, IDEAS ARE NOT PATENTABLE.

Seriously people, you all need to know what you are talking about BEFORE you start arguing about it. IN this case, it might be a wee bit helpful if you knew something about patent law. For instance, it might be helpful for youto know that the scope of a patent is defined by the CLAIMS. While the claims are interpreted in light of the specification, limitations from the specification are not (generally) brought into the claims (although since the phillips case courts are doing this more often).



RE: quick
By FITCamaro on 10/25/2006 9:35:18 PM , Rating: 2
Thats my point. Ideas aren't patentable but thats what that patent is. An idea.


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