Brief: Adobe Sues Macromedia

SAN MATEO (08/14/2000) - Adobe Systems Inc. last week filed suit against Macromedia Inc. over the issue of Adobe's tabbed palette patent, which is Adobe's method of displaying and working with multiple sets of information in the same area of a computer screen. The patented invention allows users to customize how the functions in the product are organized in the workspace.

Bruce Chizen, Adobe's president, said in a prepared statement that Adobe has warned Macromedia several times and wants it to stop infringing on Adobe's patent. Macromedia issued a statement denying the infringement, claiming that the patent is invalid and unenforceable. The suit was filed in the U.S.

District Court of Delaware.

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