Friday, October 28, 2005

RIM takes license on Forgent's '672 patent as to JPEG

RIM has licensed the JPEG patent, No. 4,698,672 ("the '672 patent") from Forgent.
The one-time perpetual licence covers all of Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM's BlackBerry devices and its BlackBerry Connect messaging service, which allows wireless always-on access to e-mail and corporate data on portable devices. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Short for "Joint Photographic Experts Group," JPEG is a lossy compression technique for color images and widely used for displaying photographs and graphics on Web sites. In a patent portfolio acquired from Compression Labs in 1997, Forgent discovered a patent it alleged covered JPEG, the popular compression standard.


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