Facebook Twitter

94 firms named in patent suit

SHARE 94 firms named in patent suit

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a California company have filed a lawsuit in Texas, claiming that 94 companies — including Microsoft Corp. — illegally used their patented image editing software.

MIT says Electronics For Imaging Inc., of Foster City, Calif., has an exclusive license for the software, developed by MIT professor William Schreiber and used in products such as photo scanners and digital cameras. The patent expires this year.

In the lawsuit, filed last week in Texarkana, EFI demands the companies pay license fees for the past six years. An EFI spokesman would not say how much they are.

EFI won control of the patent in 1990 and has licensed it to 16 other companies, including Apple Computer Corp. and Xerox Corp.

Companies named in the lawsuit include Polaroid Corp., International Business Machines Inc. and Microsoft.

Microsoft and Polaroid spokesmen told The Boston Herald that they hadn't seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment.