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Apr 26, 2004, 14:00 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amit Asaravala, Joe Barr)

Wired News: Forgent Sues Over JPEG Patent

[ Thanks to jorgerpo for this link. ]

"Forgent Networks said Friday it sued 31 major hardware and software vendors, including Dell and Apple Computers, for allegedly infringing on its claim to an algorithm used in the popular JPEG picture file format.

"If the suits are successful, they could lead to an increase in prices for tools and software used to create and modify images -- or even lead the industry to abandon the JPEG format altogether..."

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NewsForge: Is The GIMP Safe from Forgent's IP Claims?

"According to the press release, the list of companies being sued includes such widely known firms as Adobe, Apple, Dell Computers, Eastman Kodak, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Toshiba, and 24 others.

"NewsForge spoke by telephone to Forgent Networks' Director of Investor Relations, Michael Noonan, to learn more about the legal actions as well as who else might be at risk..."

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