UK company Elonex scored a patents victory last week after computer giant HP was forced to license its power management technology.
Elonex granted Hewlett Packard a licence and the firm has predicted that other PC manufacturers will follow suit when they realise they are also using Elonex's technology.
Michael Spiro, commercial director at Elonex, said: 'Anyone who uses PCs are using technology patented one way or another.' Israel Wetrin, Elonex MD, said he expects the HP agreement to be the first of many such deals.
Under the terms of the settlement HP will pay Elonex an undisclosed sum.
Spiro said it was likely others will also settle. 'I'm not saying everybody uses it but it's probable quite a few do,' he said.
He revealed that after IBM had forced Elonex to license elements of PC technology in 1991, his firm decided to sink considerable funds into R&D.
'We decided to build our own armoury and get onto this bandwagon,' he said.
Spiro said: 'The cost of registering all this technology was considerable.
All our negotiations with HP were conducted in a very professional manner.'
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