HP announces litigation against Taiwan computer maker Acer for patent infringement

Hewlett-Packard is taking Acer to court over Acer's alleged infringement of five HP patents.  The lawsuit was filed today in a court located in the Eastern District of Texas. More specifically, HP believes Acer infringed on patents ranging from DVD editing, power management, processing capabilities, clock switching, and other technologies from 1997 to 2003. HP wants both unspecified damages and an injunction forcing Acer to immediately stop selling some products on the U.S. market.

"HP believes Acer has been selling computer products that use HP's patented technologies without permission. HP respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects the same treatment in return," HP said in a statement.  

Analysts believe this is a move that shows HP cannot afford to ignore Acer in the U.S. anymore. "Acer has become a threat that leading PC vendors cannot afford to neglect. We understand why competitors would desire a halt to Acer's expansion in the U.S. market," said Henry King, Golden Sachs analyst.

Acer has seen a high level of growth and acquired market share in the U.S.

HP mentioned that the patents involved with the Acer case are not the same ones in question from a Gateway patent infringement lawsuit that was settled last year. 

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