updated 07:55 pm EDT, Fri May 10, 2002
Macromedia today announced that a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of the software developer in a counterclaims patent suit against archrival Adobe Systems. Macromedia is expected to ask the court for an immediate injunction against Adobe to prevent further infringement of its patents, relating to blended elements and automatic re-blending features, allegedly infringed upon by the Adobe Illustrator suite. Adobe is expected to appeal the rulling, which awarded $4.8 million in damages. This comes on the heels of a ruling, in another case, that favored Adobe on other claims of patent infringement against Macromedia. Macromedia is expected to appeal the $2.8M verdict awarded to Adobe and moving forward with another case against Adobe, scheduled for 2003.