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PDA makers win first round in patent dispute

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.-In the latest round of patent disputes, a district court in Delaware ruled in favor of personal digital assistant makers Handspring Inc. and Palm Inc., asserting the companies’ products do not infringe on patents held by NCR Corp.

In Handspring’s case, the court ruled NCR’s patents relating to data entry and synchronization on handheld devices “do not infringe the asserted claims of the (NCR) patents.”

In Palm’s case, NCR did not file against the company, but Palm sought a summary judgement-essentially a move to pre-empt a patent lawsuit-from the court to ensure that the company does not infringe on NCR’s patents. Palm said the district court of Delaware granted the company’s request for summary judgment, finding that Palm’s products do not infringe on NCR’s patents.

Research In Motion Ltd., Pumatech Inc. and others have recently been embroiled in their own patent disputes.

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