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August 1, 2006

Microsoft hits Belkin on patent, gets new judge in Eolas retrial

Posted by David Hunter at 7:11 PM ET.

Elizabeth Montalbano at InfoWorld has the Belkin story:

Microsoft Corp. Tuesday filed a patent-infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against Belkin Corp. for importing products the software company claims infringes on a patent it holds for peripheral device technology.

According to Microsoft, Belkin uses a technology called “U2″ in several of its mouse products. U2, for which Microsoft holds a patent, enables a computer peripheral device to auto-sense whether the device is plugging into a PS2 or USB port on a computer and to connect to it.

Microsoft has been in licensing discussions with Belkin about U2 for more than two years but has reached no agreement, which is why the software company is filing the complaint, said Tom Burt, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for Microsoft, in a statement via e-mail.

Microsoft had started licensing U2 in March and apparently a number of firms have taken them up on it.

Meanwhile, in the never ending Eolas patent case, Microsoft’s request for a new judge in a retrial was granted. They had requested a new one in January.

Filed under Belkin, Coopetition, General Business, Licensing, Microsoft, Patent Lawsuits, Patents

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2 Responses to “Microsoft hits Belkin on patent, gets new judge in Eolas retrial”

  1. Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, December 2, 2006 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft settles patent dispute with Belkin. Originally mentioned here. [...]

  2. Microsoft settles Eolas patent suit -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The Eolas patent litigation started in 1999 and was quite an epic with a jury in 2003  awarding Eolas over $500 million (which to that point was the largest patent judgment ever against Microsoft) and caused Microsoft to change Internet Explorer in order to avoid infringing (and licensing) the Eolas patent. However, Microsoft’s legal team fought back in the late innings and gained a reversal on appeal as well as the replacement of the original presiding judge for the subsequent retrial. [...]

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