HP sues Acer for patent infringement

HP filed suit against Acer in a Texas court on Tuesday, alleging the infringement of five patents

The world's largest PC vendor has filed suit against its fastest growing rival, alleging the infringement of five patents.

HP is seeking compensation from Acer and a US subsidiary of the company for allegedly selling PC products in the US that infringe on its patents, according to court documents. The complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

"Acer's legal division is looking into this issue and we have no comment at this stage," senior public relations director for Acer, Henry Wang, said in Taipei.

HP alleged the Taiwanese company knowingly violated the patents, which are related to optical drives, clock frequency switching and power consumption. HP is asking for a jury trial and is seeking compensation for the use of its technology in Acer PC products as well as treble damages for intentional violation of the patents and the payment of all legal fees by Acer.

HP became the world's largest PC vendor in the fourth quarter of last year, according to market researcher IDC. Acer took fourth place, although it gauged the strongest growth among any company in the top 10 ranking. Dell. was second, and Lenovo Group took third.

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