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The UK PC company reckons its power management IP has been liberated

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Elonex is going for a lawsuit hat-trick, suing Dell, Packard Bell-NEC and Micron Electronics over the use of what it claims is its patented technology for reduced power-consumption in colour monitors. The British PC manufacturer filed the three lawsuits in the District Court in Wilmington, Delaware yesterday. It accused each vendor of infringing on patents issued in 1995 and 1997, covering the manufacture of PC monitor standby systems that reduce power in computers not in use. Elonex says it is being harmed by the unauthorised use of its technology, and wants the three companies stopped. It also asks for damages. The company is no stranger to patent disputes, and has rather more intellectual property than you'd expect of a company its size. In October Elonex filed a lawsuit in Munich to invalidate a Siemens European patent for power management technology. The company claimed it invented the technology first, and that it already licensed it to Hewlett Packard and Hitachi. ®

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