WASHINGTON Dec 23 Ricoh Company won a battle
in a patent fight with Quanta Computer (2382.TW) over optical
disc drives when a patent appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a
lower court erred in tossing out Ricoh's lawsuit.
Ricoh had filed suit against both Quanta and its customer
Nu Technology, accusing them of infringing its patents for
optical disc drives. The U.S. District Court for the Western
District of Wisconsin issued a summary judgment against Ricoh.
Ricoh appealed, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Federal Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the federal court in
Wisconsin was correct in rejecting the suit as it pertained to
two patents but "applied erroneous legal standards" to assess
whether Quanta contributed to infringement of the other two.
The court ruled that Quanta may well have sold its drives
with the intent that they would be used to infringe two of
"The (lower) court erred in discounting evidence that QSI
(Quanta Storage) made a presentation to Dell DELL.O, which
touted the advantages of the Quanta drives," the federal
"First, the presentation is relevant to the extent it
indicates QSI possessed the requisite intent that its drives be
used to perform the infringing methods. Second, the
presentation is relevant to the issue of whether it encouraged
Dell to use the drives in an infringing manner," the court
The federal circuit remanded the case back to Wisconsin,
saying the Washington court would not "assess the factual
sufficiency" of Ricoh's allegations.
The case number is 2007-1567.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Brian Moss)