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Wednesday, 26 September 2007 10:33

US Supreme Court to rule on Quanta case

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The US Supreme Court will make a ruling on a patent case that could affect computer makers.

The court has decided to look at the case which could have far-reaching ramifications for computer makers and other industries with global supply chains.

A group of Taiwanese computer makers bought the case against a South Korean rival who used its patents in an effort to shake down the entire computer industry for several billion US dollars in duplicative licensing fees.

The Supreme Court is being asked if a patent holder can seek royalties from multiple companies as a patented product works its way through the manufacturing process. Quanta Computer wants the justices to overturn a 2006 federal appeals court ruling that they say would open the door for patent holders to do just that.

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