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Artifex Software Accuses Palm of Technology Infringement

Artiflex says that Palm has openly acknowledged using muPDF in its reader, but has failed to pay the licensing fee

California Company Artifex Software Inc has filed a lawsuit against Palm over the smartphone company's alleged unauthorized copying and distribution of one of Artifex's registered technologies that is supposedly the basis of Palm Pre's PDF Viewer.

Artiflex says that Palm has openly acknowledged using muPDF in its reader, but has failed to pay the licensing fee.

According to Artifex, Palm has included "PDF viewer" in every Palm Pre unit shipped since the product's launch in June 2009.

Artifex ‘s open source software provides  page description language renderers for PDF, PostScript, XPS, and PCL under the GNU Public License (GPL) and also under standard commercial license terms .

Artifex develops the Ghostscript family of interpreters, muPDF being it's lightweight PDF interpreter targeted at the PDA and ebook markets. Other companies that use Artifex ‘s software are HP, IBM, Konica, Kyocera and Xerox.

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