IBM and Asustek settle patent disputes

Finally, IBM and Asustek has reached an agreement that’ll end an almost two-year dispute.

The companies said today that they have entered into a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. This agreement is said to end all patent litigation between the two.

So when did it all start? IBM filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Asustek on December 2007 saying that the latter infringe their patents on power supplier, computer cooling and computer clustering technologies.

Four months later, the Taiwanese company got back at IBM and also filed a patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. IBM allegedly infringed two of its patents.

But, as they say, all’s well that ends well.

Not only did the two big technology companies have uhm, come to terms with each other, they even made it known that working together might not be far down the road. Apparently, the licensing agreement between IBM and Asustek will also be a basis for future collaborations. Awww…. 😉

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20091006/tc_pcworld/asustekibmreachagreementinpatentdispute