Forgent Networks has announced a trial date for its patent infringement case against 41 defendants, including Apple.

The patent in question covers technologies used in JPEG image compression.

Judge David Folsom set the hearing for April 28, 2005, and left in place the October 2005 setting for the jury trial in the case.

Other defendants include Canon, Dell, Fuji, HP, Panasonic, and PalmOne.

Since the litigation started Macromedia, Adobe and Sony have all settled with Forgent for undisclosed sums.