In separate patent-related announcements, Gateway on Monday said its first-quarter loss was about $6 million wider than it had reported, and that it has filed several counterclaims against HP in a patent lawsuit between the two companies.

The two patent matters are not related, said Bob Sherbin, a Gateway spokesman. The $6 million increase in Gateway's net loss is connected with an increase in a reserve account that was prompted by developments in settlement negotiations in a patent related matter, Sherbin said.

Gateway is not providing any additional details on that pending settlement, but the matter will become clear very soon, Sherbin said.

HP's patent dispute with Gateway doesn't appear to have reached the settlement stage, as Gateway stepped up its charges on Monday with counterclaims that HP is violating several of Gateway's patents concerning multimedia functionality and signal routing, said Ted Ladd, a Gateway spokesman.

HP initially filed suit against Gateway in March alleging that Gateway was infringing upon HP patents for notebook design, power management and graphics, among other things. Gateway had licensed some of the allegedly infringing technologies from HP prior to 1999, when it stopped its licensing activities, said Joe Beyers, vice president of intellectual property licensing for HP.

The dispute has reached the International Trade Commission (ITC) as a result of an HP complaint, Gateway said in its quarterly report filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. The ITC has not decided whether to pursue an investigation, Gateway said.

"We're going to match HP step for step in this dispute," Ladd said, holding open the possibility that Gateway might also file a complaint to the ITC.

Including the ITC complaint, HP has identified 17 patents that it says are violated by aspects of Gateway's technology, Beyers said.

"Our intent here is to enable the use of our IP (intellectual property) by companies such as Gateway, and get a fair license fee for the use of our technology," Beyers said.

Neither company has named specific products that infringe upon its patents.ment and graphics, among other things. Gateway had licensed some of the allegedly infringing technologies from HP prior to 1999, when it stopped its licensing activities, said Joe Beyers, vice president of intellectual property licensing for HP.

The dispute has reached the International Trade Commission (ITC) as a result of an HP complaint, Gateway said in its quarterly report filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. The ITC has not decided whether to pursue an investigation, Gateway said.

"We're going to match HP step for step in this dispute," Ladd said, holding open the possibility that Gateway might also file a complaint to the ITC.

Including the ITC complaint, HP has identified 17 patents that it says are violated by aspects of Gateway's technology, Beyers said.

"Our intent here is to enable the use of our IP (intellectual property) by companies such as Gateway, and get a fair license fee for the use of our technology," Beyers said.

Neither company has named specific products that infringe upon its patents.