Adobe announced today that it had won a patent infringement lawsuit against Macromedia. The company received a favorable verdict from a jury trial in which it had accused Macromedia of willfully infringing on Adobeis patents governing reconfigurable tabbed palettes. From Adobe:
Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced that it has received a favorable jury verdict in its intellectual property case against Macromedia, Inc. in the U.S. District Court of Delaware, finding willful infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,546,528. The patent at issue covers Adobeis reconfigurable tabbed palette patent, which is Adobeis method of displaying and working with multiple sets of information in the same area of the computer screen. The patented invention allows users to customize how the functions in the product are organized on their workspace.
"We are very pleased with the verdict," said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Adobeis graphics business unit. "Weive maintained all along that Macromedia infringes this patent. While we would have preferred to settle this issue out of court, we are satisfied that the validity of this key innovation has been upheld."
Adobe was awarded $2,822,280 in damages and the company anticipates that the court will issue an injunction to stop Macromediais infringement.