Microsoft mouse suit ends

Posted by spy on December 20 2008, 4:39 AM. Posted in Legal Issues.

 Microsoft Corp. ended a patent-infringement fight against Primax Electronics Ltd. of Taiwan after the Asian company agreed to pay royalties on computer-mouse technology.Microsoft had filed a complaint in July at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, seeking to prevent Primax from selling its mice in the U.S., and a civil suit in federal court seeking cash. The Redmond-based company said it acted after the two sides failed to reach a licensing agreement.The case marks a rare instance in which Microsoft has sued others for patent-infringement. It more frequently defends itself against lawsuits by patent owners. Microsoft said more than 30 companies have licensed its mouse technology, which is part of a broader company program to license hardware patents."We look forward to many years of successful collaboration with Microsoft," Brian Yang, president of the information appliance division at Primax, said in a statement.

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