HP, Xerox Settle All Pending Patent Suits

LONDON (03/21/2000) - All patent-infringement lawsuits filed between Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) and Xerox Corp. have been resolved, the companies announced yesterday.

To avoid the "costs, time and distractions of lengthy legal battles," both HP and Xerox have agreed to drop all lawsuits filed against one another and to not disclose any further terms of the "amicable" and "mutually satisfactory" agreement, the companies said in a statement.

Xerox originally filed a lawsuit in May 1998 in U.S. District Court in the Western District of New York, accusing HP of using patented Xerox technology in some of its inkjet printers. [See "Judge Dismisses Xerox Lawsuit Against HP," Sept. 15, 1999.]The suit was followed by numerous counter suits, motions and court rulings followed.

The settlement between HP and Xerox included all six outstanding patent-related lawsuits that had been filed between May 1998 and June 1999, HP and Xerox said.

Separately, Xerox is pursuing a patent infringement case against 3Com Corp., alleging that the handwriting recognition software used in 3Com's Palm devices belongs to Xerox. [See "Xerox to Press Patent Suit Against 3Com," Jan. 11.]Hewlett-Packard, in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at +1-650-857-1501, or via the Web at http://www.hp.com/. Xerox, in Stamford, Connecticut, is at +1-203-968-3000, or at http://www.xerox.com/. 3Com, in Santa Clara, California, is at +1-408-764-5000, or at http://www.3com.com/.

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