Macromedia infringed on technology patents held by Adobe, says a US jury – which awarded Adobe $2.8 million (around £2 million) in damages, the companies announced Thursday. Adobe sued Macromedia in August 2000 in the US District Court, District of Delaware, charging that its Flash-animation softwarre makes use of patented technology developed by Adobe for its "tabbed pallette", a feature that helps users organize information on computer screens. Along with its damages award, Adobe says it expects the court to issue an injunction that would prevent Macromedia from further infringement of Adobe patents. Pending
Macromedia had filed a counter-suit against Adobe raising patent infringement allegations of its own. Macromedia expects to begin presenting that case Monday, it says. Rob Burgess, Macromedia's chairman and chief executive officer, says: "It is unfortunate – and we believe wrong – that Adobe has chosen this field to compete. Ultimately, it is our customers, and particularly our mutual customers, that will be harmed." Macromedia says it doesn't expect the award to have any material impact on its financial condition.