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Unova Accuses Toshiba of Patent Infringement

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April 08, 1999| Bloomberg News

Unova Inc. of Beverly Hills sued Toshiba Corp. and its Irvine division in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, charging that Toshiba--the world's largest maker of portable computers--is using technology protected by Unova patents for long-lasting battery packs and removable disk drives.

Unova and its Intermec IP unit say they own 12 U.S. patents issued between 1984 and 1999 for rechargeable batteries and drives.

Tokyo-based Toshiba and its U.S. agents, which make the Satellite, Protege, Libretto and Tecra lines of portable computers, are wrongly using Unova's technology, according to the suit, which seeks an injunction against Toshiba and damages.

Officials at Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. in Irvine declined to comment.

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