"We're very pleased with the result..." separate statements from representatives with both sides started.
Each camp quickly pointed out that they would appeal the unfavorable decisions in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. Both companies are seeking injunctions and damages of undisclosed amounts on their individual complaints.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP claimed Gateway's products infringed on its patents and asked the courts to block Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway from importing PCs with parallel ports early next year. HP put forth seven patents initially and later withdrew three patents. The final two patents are found in Gateway desktop PCs, servers and a certain percentage of laptops, HP claims.
Gateway likewise sought to ban HP from importing certain computers, monitors and the components used to make them, because those products could allegedly infringe on three Gateway patents related to multimedia functions in computer keyboards and displays.
Gateway said it still has an International Trade Commission case against HP related to Gateway's patent covering Media Center PCs.
The legal sparring between the two companies got its start last March when, a wholly owned subsidiary of HP, in a district court in Southern California. That suit alleged that Gateway had infringed on six HP patents related to PCs and refused to properly compensate HP for their use.
At that time, Gateway pledged to defend itself, and in May it, claiming HP violated five Gateway patents, unrelated to those named in its complaint with the International Trade Commission.