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Packard Bell NEC has filed suit against CTX International, claiming the company's machines infringe five patents. PB wants the Central California District Court to issue an injunction restraining CTX from manufacturing, selling or importing its notebooks and desktops. PB also wants "substantial monetary damages." The patents the company says have been infringed all relate to configuration and ease of use. The cover automatic memory reconfiguration, suspend and resume power management, peripheral interconnect systems and battery management. Taiwanese company CTX rolled out a new line of notebooks in the middle of the year, and recently took aim at PB with a sub-$800 Celeron-based desktop. ® Click for more stories

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