Acer has responded to HP's lawsuit yesterday, which seeks to prevent Acer selling products – which HP says contravene its own patents – in the US market, and promises to investigate the claims.
"Acer was informed today that Hewlett-Packard Co has initiated a lawsuit for patent infringement against Acer Inc and our US subsidiary alleging infringement of five US patents by Acer's personal computer products," the Taiwanese computer-maker says in a statement.
"Acer respects the intellectual properties of third parties and is currently conducting a full investigation of these allegations made by Hewlett-Packard. As part of our continuing service, Acer is dedicated to supporting our customers through the lawsuit.
"As one of the world's leading PC brands, Acer has obtained substantial intellectual property. Acer also expects others to respect our intellectual property and is prepared to take all necessary steps to protect and enforce our patented technologies against unlicensed use."
Meanwhile, Acer also released its 2006 financial results yesterday.
Consolidated revenue for the year was $11,32-billion, representing16% year-on-year growth; profit after tax was $313,47-million, rising 20,5% from the previous year; and operating income was $239,66-million, marking a slight year-on-year growth.
the board of directors has authorised the sale of Sertek, Acer's fully-owned electronic component distributor to Yosun Group, which specialises in sales and service of semi-conductor electronic components. Yosun will acquire Sertek through exchange of shares and cash, and become its 100% shareholder, while Acer will become a member of Yosun's board.