Updated January 31, 2019 09:07:33 It’s the tech industry’s annual tech conference, and one that’s been dominated by big companies.
But there’s one startup that could have the biggest impact in 2019, and that’s Dell Technologies.
Dell Technologies, which is the world’s biggest consumer electronics maker, is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the U.S. government over its use of patented semiconductor technology.
Dell said in a press release Monday that it would be launching a patent defense fund, called Dell Defend, to defend itself from lawsuits.
“This will enable us to protect our intellectual property in a way that enables us to innovate at the pace and at the cost necessary to ensure the success of the company,” Dell CEO Patrick Byrne wrote.
DeLL’s patent portfolio includes “a wide range of semiconductor technologies that will enable its customers to benefit from the rapid advancement in digital devices and services.”
It includes “an improved process to develop the next generation of semiconductors” that are “a critical part of the future of computing.”
But this is just the first of several lawsuits Dell has been embroiled in over the years.
In 2017, the company also sued Apple, accusing it of infringing on its patents.
The suit was settled in 2018, and the case was ultimately dismissed.
And in 2018 Dell filed a lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the social network of infringing the patents of another tech company.
Byrne told Fox News that the lawsuit against Apple and Facebook “is not about technology or innovation in general.
It’s about intellectual property, and our defense fund is to help protect Dell against lawsuits that have been filed and that are continuing to be filed by Dell’s competitors.”
Bryant said Dell is currently pursuing about 40 lawsuits, and said that Dell intends to continue to fight “for the benefit of our customers, and for the benefit not only of our company but also of the world at large.”
DeLL Technologies has been in a patent war with the United States government since the mid-2000s.
The company has been accused of using patented technology to create an airbag that would deploy automatically in the event of a plane crash.
In December 2018, the United Nations announced that DeLL Technologies had failed to pay a $2.2 billion judgment in a case involving its airbag technology.
In June 2019, the U,S.
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed to review the case, ruling that De ll Technologies’ patent infringement claim was valid and that it should be resolved.
In September 2019, Dell reached a settlement with the government, agreeing to pay $2 billion in fines, and to settle a lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission.