Palm, Handspring Win Patent Lawsuit

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A federal court has brought to an end an patent infringement lawsuit brought by NCR Corp. against both Palm Inc. and Handspring. The case was dismissed, a victory for the two handheld makers.

In 1987, NCR was granted two patents for a “Portable personal terminal for use in a system for handling transactions,” and a “System for handling transactions including a portable personal terminal.” In 2001, the company sued both Palm and Handspring on the grounds that their handhelds infringed on these patents.

Lat year, a U.S. court issued a summary judgement that NCR’s case was without merit and neither company had infringed on the patents. NCR appealed and, this week, a U.S. District Judge upheld the earlier ruling and dismissed the case. NCR has no more appeals and this case is over.

Of course, this is just one of an almost overwhelming number of handheld-related lawsuits currently pending in U.S. courts. Just last week, a federal judge ruled that a patent held by E-Pass Technologies covers more than just credit card-sized handhelds, bringing new life to patent-infringement lawsuits the company had filed against Palm, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard.

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