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December 23, 2008

Microsoft and Primax settle patent dispute

Microsoft has settled a patent infringement case it brought against Taiwanese mouse-maker Primax Electronics in the US District Court of Northern California and the International Trade Commission regarding its U2 and Tilt Wheel patents.

By CBR Staff Writer

The company said Primax has entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement covering its patents for both past and future sales of the relevant products in the US.

In July, the company filed a patent infringement suit with the ITC over seven patents related to U2 and Tilt Wheel technology after repeated attempts to engage Primax in a licensing agreement failed.

Horacio Gutierrez, vice president and deputy general counsel of intellectual property and licensing at Microsoft, said: We are very pleased that Primax has chosen to respect Microsoft’s intellectual property and entered into a licensing agreement with Microsoft. Our U2 and Tilt Wheel innovations and technologies have more than 30 licensees in the mouse and keyboard industry.

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