Forgent Settles JPEG Patent Spat For $8M

Law360, New York (November 2, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Marking an end to its aggressive campaign to protect a controversial JPEG patent, Forgent Networks Inc. said Thursday it will bury the hatchet with some of the biggest players in the technology industry in an $8 million settlement agreement.

The Austin-based Forgent said it had reached a deal with several technology companies – including Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., International Business Machines Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. – over the use of U.S. Patent No. 4,698,672.

The company said it was precluded from discussing the...
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