HP files second patent lawsuit against Acer

Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest PC vendor, has filed another lawsuit against its fastest growing rival, Acer, as competition in the PC industry continues to heat up. The new suit alleges that Acer and a U.S. subsidiary have knowingly infringed on five HP patents related to PCs, according to the complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

The lawsuit is the second HP has filed in as many months against Acer, raising its recent patent claims against the Taiwanese company to 10. The lawsuits come as Acer continues its breakneck growth, and some analysts say the lawsuits are a response to Acer's ability to make further inroads into the U.S. Last month, Acer started selling laptop PCs at popular U.S. retailer Best Buy, and analysts say the Taiwanese company is nearing a deal to sell its PCs through another major U.S. retailer as well.

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News source: InfoWorld

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