PALO ALTO, CA (January 25, 2005) — On January 21, 2005, McDermott Will & Emery client, Intergraph Corporation, announced a global patent settlement with Hewlett-Packard (HP) resolving multiple suits between the parties and awarding Intergraph $141 million. The settlement provides for the dismissal of all pending legal actions between Intergraph and HP and patent cross-licenses.
This settlement resolves six patent cases being handled for Intergraph by McDermott Will & Emery. These cases began in 2002 when Intergraph sued HP, Dell and Gateway for infringement of various microprocessor patents. HP responded by filing countersuits in Germany, California, Texas and Delaware. In April 2004, Intergraph once again sued HP on a patent covering high-availability server architecture.
The global settlement follows a significant trial victory for Intergraph in Germany. On April 1, 2004, HP sued Intergraph in Mannheim, Germany, alleging infringement of two patents. In November 2004, the District Court in Mannheim entered a judgment of non-infringement on all counts, dismissed HP’s claims and awarding all costs to Intergraph. The victory was critical due to the fact that it was the first trial between the parties, with two affirmative Intergraph cases to follow.