E-Pass files lawsuit against 3Com

Smart card maker E-Pass Technologies filed a lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court against 3Com. The suit relates to alleged patent infringement by 3Com's PalmPilot family of PDAs (personal digital assistants).

E-Pass alleged in the lawsuit that PalmPilot electronic organisers infringe on an E-Pass 1994 patent for a "multifunction, credit-card-sized computer" that allows users to store information from a variety of sources, according to a release issued by E-Pass lawyers. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The lawsuit asks for an unspecified amount in compensation and seeks to stop 3Com from infringing on the patent, according to Stephen Weiss, a lawyer with the New York law firm Moses & Singer, which is representing E-Pass.

When asked for comment this evening, a 3Com spokeswoman in Santa Clara, California, said she was unaware of the E-Pass lawsuit.

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