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Toshiba and Wistron End Patent Fight Over Notebook Computers

Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Toshiba Corp., a Japanese electronics maker, settled a patent-infringement fight with contract manufacturer Wistron Corp. over technology used in notebook computers, legal filings show.

Each agreed to license the other’s patents, and Wistron will make a payment of an unspecified amount to Tokyo-based Toshiba, according to a redacted copy of the settlement agreement filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington. The companies also submitted a filing seeking dismissal of a civil suit in federal court in California.

Toshiba, which said it sold the world’s first notebook computer in 1985, claimed Wistron was infringing its patents. Wistron countered that Toshiba was violating its patents. In the ITC case, Toshiba sought to block imports of Wistron computers, including the Acer Aspire 4810T notebook computer made by Hsinchu, Taiwan-based Wistron for Acer Inc.

The ITC case is In the Matter of Notebook Computer Products, 337-705, U.S. International Trade Commission (Washington). The civil case is Toshiba Corp. v. Wistron Corp., 10cv74, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Santa Ana).

To contact the reporter on this story: Susan Decker in Washington at sdecker1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Liebert at lliebert@bloomberg.net.

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