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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

March 29, 2006 at 10:44 AM

Seattle’s NetMotion in court

A Pennsylvania company said today that it won a jury verdict in its patent infringement suit against Seattle-based NetMotion Wireless. Both companies compete in the mobile security space.

The suit by Bethlehem, Penn.-based Padcom was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Padcom said yesterday the jury found that the asserted claims of both of Padcom’s patents at issue in the suit were valid, and that NetMotion’s Mobility software product infringed on these claims. The damages phase of the trial has not been scheduled, but is expected to occur this fall, the company added.

In response, MetMotion said it is developing a new version of its product that will not infringe on these patents and will be available for download at no charge to all customers within the next 30 days.

“We respect the jury and the court, but we disagree with these findings and plan to pursue post-trial motions and appeal at our earliest opportunity,” said NetMotion Wireless CEO Bob Hunsberger. “In the meantime, we look forward to quickly providing a version which continues to meet our customers’ needs and will not infringe on these patents.”

NetMotion develops software that provides secure connectivity for enterprise wireless networking. The company was established in March 2001 when it spun off from Seattle’s WRQ.

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