Gateway Shoots Back At HP in Patent Feud

The filing is the latest shot in a legal tussle that began in March, when Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif., filed suit against Gateway Inc., claiming that the PC maker was refusing to pay licensing fees on six designs patented by HP. The patents covered such features as laptop hinges, cursors and a keyboard that requires a password.

Gateway, of Poway, Calif., sued HP in May over five patents related to multimedia features. Now, both companies also have asked the ITC to get involved. HP filed a similar claim in May, asking that Gateway be banned from importing computers and components that allegedly violate seven of HP’s patents.

Gateway has asked the ITC to prohibit HP from bringing into the United States any foreign-made Pavilion notebooks, media center PCs and monitors related to three other patents.

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