COURT RULING MAY HEAD OFF THREAT TO BAR-CODE USERS

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court decision here concerning scanning technology may extinguish a long-running threat that food industry companies using the technology would be charged large patent royalty sums.Food industry representatives last week said companies will benefit from this important legal round in a lengthy battle between the scanning industry and the estate of Jerome H. Lemelson,

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court decision here concerning scanning technology may extinguish a long-running threat that food industry companies using the technology would be charged large patent royalty sums.

Food industry representatives last week said companies will benefit from this important legal round in a lengthy battle between the scanning industry and the estate of Jerome H. Lemelson, which holds a patent on bar-code technology. Some say that this continuing struggle cou

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