IBM Faces Patent Suit Over Supercomputer

Law360, New York (October 30, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- IBM Corp.'s “Blue Gene” supercomputer infringes three patents for parallel processors assigned to communications technology company Fifth Generation Computer Corp., a new lawsuit has alleged.

FGC lodged the complaint on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, accusing the computer giant of refusing to take out a license to use the patent applications despite repeated negotiations between the companies.

The patents in question are titled “Parallel computing system,” “Binary tree parallel processor” and “Parallel processing method,” the complaint says. Two of...
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