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Billings taxes Novell with a novel patent-infringement claim

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1 Author(s)
Donner, I.H. ; Lowe, Price, LeBlanc & Becker, Alexandria, VA

The topic of this article is the recent lawsuit between Novell, the network giant, and Roger Billings, a “small” inventor. Roger Billings, is conceivably the inventor of a distributed database computer system. Billings is currently suing Novell for $220 million, claiming its NetWare infringes on his patent, the “Functionally Structured Distributed Database Processing System” (US Patent No. 4,714,989). In addition, Billings insists Novell's infringement was wilful, entitling him to attorney fees and an additional sum of up to three times the $220 million figure

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Computer  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 4 )