Firm sues Intel over video conferencing patents

A Texas company has filed a lawsuit against Intel for allegedly violating video conferencing patents. Datapoint has asked Federal District Court in Dallas to order Intel to stop manufacturing or selling any products which contain the technology in question. Datapoint also is seeking damages. A sum was not disclosed. Datapoint also has a patent infringement lawsuit pending against Intel over multispeed networking patents, and video conferencing network patent infringement lawsuits pending against PictureTel and Compression Labs Inc.

A Texas company has filed a lawsuit against Intel for allegedly violating video conferencing patents.

Datapoint has asked Federal District Court in Dallas to order Intel to stop manufacturing or selling any products which contain the technology in question. Datapoint also is seeking damages. A sum was not disclosed.

An Intel spokesman said the company had not seen the lawsuit and therefore could not comment.

Datapoint's video conferencing patents allow users to establish their own multipoint video conference using voice, video and data, the company said in a statement.

Datapoint said Intel continued to use the technology even after Datapoint told Intel it was infringing on patented technology.

Datapoint also has a patent infringement lawsuit pending against Intel over multispeed networking patents.

Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said Intel's products do not infringe on any patents in the multispeed networking patents case, in which about 10 companies have been named as defendants.

Besides Intel, Datapoint has similar video conferencing network patent infringement lawsuits pending against PictureTel and Compression Labs Inc. Those cases are scheduled to be heard over the next few months, according to Datapoint.

Datapoint, in San Antonio, Texas, can be reached on the Web at http://www.datapoint.com/.

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