ITC Opens Probe Into Acer-HP Patent Spat

Law360, New York (November 29, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Prompted by Acer Inc. in its patent war with Hewlett-Packard Co., the U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate certain computer, scanner and printer device drivers and semiconductor packages, the agency said Wednesday.

In opening the section 337 probe, the ITC has not made any decisions on the merits of the case. Following an evidentiary hearing, Administrative Law Judge Paul Luckern will determine whether a 337 violation has occurred.

The commission will then come to a final determination in the case, and if Acer has its way,...
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