Mitsubishi settles with Elonex over power patents

Plucky Londoners win another round in their battle with world+dog over monitors

Elonex has scored another victory in its battle to stop monitor manufacturers infringing on one of its power management technologies, following an out of court settlement with Mitsubishi. The terms of the agreement with Mitsubishi are being kept under wraps, but it now owns a licence from Elonex and legal action in this matter has come to a halt. Elonex issued a statement in which it said Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Mitsubishi Electronics America had obtained licences for the use of the power management technology. In essence, the Elonex patents relate to the tools that enable a monitor to power-down in accordance with pre-set or user-defined parameters. The London-based PC maker claims that it owns the patents on the power management facilities found in almost all PC monitors and is pursuing legal action against a number of display makers. In fact, almost every monitor maker you have ever heard of is understood to be on Elonex' radar. Last December, Elonex filed suits against Dell, Packard Bell-NEC and Micron Electronics. These actions are believed to be ongoing. Those manufacturers that own licences from Elonex include Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, Nokia, Siemens and Philips. The Elonex patents in question - should you wish to look them up - are as follows: in the US - numbers 5,389,952; 5,648,799 and 5,880,719. in Europe - numbers 0672285 and 0678843. in Japan - number 2,847,099. ® See previous item: Elonex sues Dell, P-Bell, Micron over monitor patents

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