Macromedia triumphs in patent case

A jury has ruled in Macromedia's favour following claims that competitor Adobe Systems infringed three of its patents.

A jury has ruled in Macromedia's favour following claims that competitor Adobe Systems infringed three of its patents.

A jury ordered Adobe to pay $4.9m in damages to Macromedia after ruling that Adobe's Illustrator and Premiere desktop software products infringe its patents, Macromedia said. Macromedia will ask the court to issue an injunction to stop Adobe from distributing that software.

Last week, a court awarded Adobe $2.8m in damages in a separate patent suit against Macromedia. Adobe allged that Macromedia's Flash animation software used patented technology developed by Adobe used to help users navigate features in the software.

"The score is now Adobe one, Macromedia one, customers zero," Rob Burgess, chairman and chief executive officer of Macromedia, said.

On Friday, a spokeswoman for Macromedia reaffirmed the company's intention to appeal against the verdict.

Yet another patent suit against Adobe, brought by Macromedia in October 2001, is scheduled to be heard beginning in June 2003. It relates to technology for Web authoring and the creation of tables.

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