LAS VEGAS -- A legal victory in a case filed by seven bar-code scanner manufacturers is being described also as a victory for retailers who scan bar-coded products and manufacturers who apply bar codes to their products. However, a final resolution for retailers would be delayed if the case is appealed as expected. The ruling in the case, made on Jan. 24 by a U.S. District Court here, held that 14 scanning-related patents claimed by the Lemelson Medical, Education & Research ...

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