HP Fights Acer's “Patent-For-Hire” Counterclaims

Law360, New York (August 14, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. is seeking to quash several counterclaims filed by Acer Inc. in a computer technology dispute, saying that the Taiwanese company's “patent-for-hire” strategy to fight HP's infringement claims is legally flawed.

HP filed a motion to dismiss Acer's counterclaims on Monday, asserting that Acer lacks standing to sue for infringement of four patents which are owned or co-owned by other entities. Last month, Acer was granted ownership interest in four patents assigned to the Industrial Technology Research Institute, an organization associated with the Taiwan Ministry...
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