Unisys sues Forgent over patent infringement

Fake News written by Jeremy Stanley on Wednesday, April 28, 2004

from the if-only-we-could-forget-forgent dept.

Patent-wielding parasite Forgent Networks, which made headlines recently through its numerous patent lawsuits over JPEG technology, got a taste of its own medicine today when Unisys filed a patent infringement lawsuit of its own against Forgent. Specifically, Forgent is accused of infringing US Patent #3,141,592,653,589,793, "Method For Levying a Tax on the Industry By Applying a Crusty Old Patent to What Was For Years an Open Standard But Never Would Have Become So Had It Been Encumbered By Patents In The First Place."

"Forgent clearly saw what we did to the GIF format and decided to play 'me too', in utter disregard for our own intellectual property," said Unisys spokesman Rob R. Baron. "They want everything to be free and let's all be friends. But fortunately, this is not the American way." Unisys's lawsuit demands five billion dollars in damages, plus 5% of the royalties Forgent earns through Unisys's patented business model.

Forgent remains defiant. "Unisys's claims are baseless, and we will vigorously defend ourselves in court," said company spokesman Parris Site. He added, "It's a shame that companies like Unisys will abuse the patent system in order to line their own pocketbooks with short-term profits while totally disregarding the damage it does to the industry. Fortunately for us, though, Unisys has JPEGs on its web site."

When asked whether other companies are on its corporate radar, Unisys replied, "There will be a day of reckoning for Rambus and SBC when this is all over. But right now we're focusing on the Forgent situation."

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