counterclaimed against Adobe for infringing three Macromedia patents:
Patent No. 5,467,443 relates to changing blended elements and automatic
re-blending of elements and is infringed by its Adobe Illustrator product.
Nos. 5,151,998 and 5,204,969 relate to visually displaying and editing
sound waveforms and are infringed by its Adobe Premiere product.
has no choice but to vigorously defend itself against the Adobe lawsuit,"
said Kevin Lynch, president, products for Macromedia. "Regardless
of this lawsuit, we remain focused on developing and delivering the
best products for our customers."
initially filed on August 10, alleged infringement of U.S. Patent No.
5,546,528 by tabbed palette features of certain Macromedia products.
On September 18, Adobe amended its complaint to include an additional
claim of infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,084,597 by image rendering
features of Macromedia Dreamweaver and Macromedia Flash products. Macromedia
today reaffirmed its denial of patent infringement claims in its answer
to Adobe's amended complaint, which was filed with Macromedia's counterclaims."