EMC, IBM Settle Patent Disputes

SAN FRANCISCO (05/12/2000) - IBM Corp. and EMC Corp. today said they have agreed to settle lawsuits involving patent infringement claims.

Last year, IBM sued EMC, alleging the storage specialist violated a patent-sharing agreement between the two companies by refusing to share patents with IBM that were obtained when EMC purchased Data General Corp.

The settlement also resolves a 1994 lawsuit in which Data General charged that IBM infringed on its patents in developing the IBM AS/400 computer, spokespersons for both companies said today.

As part of the settlement, IBM and EMC will extend their cross-licensing agreement through 2005 and have agreed to a five-year moratorium on filing patent infringement lawsuits against each other. IBM is also making an undisclosed payment to EMC, which Big Blue describes as "negligible."

IBM, in Armonk, New York, can be reached at +1-914-499-1900 or http://www.ibm.com/. EMC, in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, can be reached at +1-508-435-1000 or at http://www.emc.com/.

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