Compression Labs, a subsidiary of Forgent Networks, has initiated litigation against 31 companies (including Apple, Adobe, Dell, IBM and Macromedia) for infringement of United States Patent No. 4,698,672 (the ‘672 Patent) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. The ‘672 Patent relates to digital image compression, and fields of use include any digital still image device used to compress, store, manipulate, print or transmit digital still images such as digital cameras. Over the last two years, Forgent claims its intellectual property business has generated approximately US$90 million from licensing the ‘672 Patent to 30 different companies in Asia, Europe and the U.S.