Feeds

Tulip sues Dell over alleged $17bn patent infringement

Motherboard design copied, screams Dutch vendor

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Dutch PC maker Tulip Computers has decided to sue mighty Dell over an alleged $17 billion patent infringement.

Tulip reckons the Texas PC giant copied its patented technology for motherboards, and filed papers on Friday at the US District Court in Delaware.

The Rosmalen, Netherlands-based company nabbed the patent for a "Motherboard for a computer of the AT type, and a computer of the AT type comprising such motherboard" three years ago.

It now wants damages from Dell based on all the allegedly patent infringing computers its rival has sold since 1997. Tulip, owner of the Commodore brand, reckons Dell has sold $17 billion worth of such products - a figure equivalent to more than two thirds of Dell's sales last year.

On 9 November Dell hit revised financial estimates, making $674 million profit on revenues of $8.26 billion for the third quarter alone. In the same week Tulip warned it expected to close its current full financial year with an operational loss of E9.5 million ($8 million). ®

Related Stories

Profit puts spring back in Tulip's step
Outlook for European PC merchants 'generally grim'
Dell punters hit by PC delivery scam
Dell hits revised estimates

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again
Bourgeois paper-shufflers have 'suspended democracy', sniff unpaid proles
'Aaaah FFS, 'amazeballs' has made it into the OXFORD DICTIONARY'
Plus: 'EE, how shocking, ANOTHER problem I face with your service'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.