IBM and Asus in patent dispute deal

Both companies to end their dispute with a collaborative cross-licensing agreement
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IBM and Asustek have amicably settled a two-year patent dispute by agreeing to a new cross-licensing deal.

IBM had filed a patent dispute to the US International Trade Commission back in December 2007, alleging that Asus had infringed on its patents with a range of products. The dispute concerned power supplies, cooling tech and computer clustering technologies.

However, in April 2008 Asus had lodged a patent lawsuit of its own, alleging that IBM had infringed on its own patents.

Now both companies have announced they have struck a cross-licensing agreement which, effectively, ends the onging patent litigation between the two groups.

The new deal will act as the foundation to future collaborative efforts.

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