Acqis Sues IBM for Second Time
ACQIS Technology [NPE] filed suit against IBM over a patent related to rack and tower servers that utilize Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) technology. In April 2009, ACQIS filed suit against Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NEC, Sun and others over eight patents related to blade workstation and blade server products. In March 2011, a jury awarded ACQIS over $9 million in damages from IBM, which was increased to over $12 million by Judge Leonard Davis in July 2011. The patent-in-suit in the present case was issued to inventor, William Chu, and assigned to ACQIS in July 2009. ACQIS was founded by Chu in 1998. While several post-trial motions from the 2009 case are still being resolved, the current complaint states that it does not accuse any IBM products that were at issue in the prior litigation. 10/17, Eastern District of Texas, 6:2011cv00546.