Ricoh Dismisses 2 Defendants From Drive Patent Suit

Law360, New York (November 6, 2009, 1:35 PM EST) -- A federal judge has dismissed two defendants from an optical drive patent dispute brought by Ricoh Co. Ltd. against rival Quanta Computer Inc., slimming down the case as it inches toward trial.

Judge Barbara Crabb of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Wednesday dismissed the case against defendants New Universe Technology Inc. and NU Technology Inc., after Ricoh indicated it would not proceed to trial against them.

Ricoh had accused the two, along with the much larger Quanta, of infringing four...
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