Gateway wins patent appeal in HP suit

Company comes out on top at International Trade Commission in parallel-port patent dispute with Hewlett-Packard.

Dawn Kawamoto Former Staff writer, CNET News
Dawn Kawamoto covered enterprise security and financial news relating to technology for CNET News.
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Gateway has won its appeal before the International Trade Commission over a parallel-port patent fight with Hewlett-Packard.

The case, which will be remanded back to a lower court for further proceedings, centers around whether PC maker Gateway infringed on HP patents that involve legacy circuitry for parallel-port printer technology. In its ruling Thursday, the ITC determined Gateway did not engage in a "literal infringement" of the patents in question, Gateway said.

"Our history as a company makes it clear we respect the intellectual property of others, and that we expect others to respect ours," Michael Tyler, Gateway's chief legal officer, said in a statement.

Gateway and HP have engaged in numerous rounds of legal wrangling over the past two years. Back in 2003, HP became more aggressive in marketing its intellectual property and pursuing claims when it felt they have been infringed upon.

The two companies are currently embroiled in patent lawsuits in five courts around the nation.

HP was not immediately available for comment.