January 4, 2008 / 10:29 PM / 12 years ago

U.S. trade panel probes IBM-Asustek patent complaint

 WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday it would launch an investigation into International Business Machines Corp’s (IBM.N) complaint that some computers made by Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc (2357.TW) infringe three IBM patents.
 The trade agency said in a statement that the case would be referred to an administrative law judge, who will hold a hearing and make an initial determination. That decision is subject to review by the ITC commissioners.
 IBM filed a complaint with the trade agency on Dec. 5. It said the patent infringement occurred in Asustek’s own-brand computers as well as in products the company makes for other brands.
 Asustek has denied the allegations.
 The trade agency said products to be investigated include motherboards, graphics cards, notebook computers, server computers, barebone computers and routers.  (Reporting by Julie Vorman; editing by Carol Bishopric)   

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