Cupertino, CA, - June 1, 2000 - Trend Micro Inc. and Network Associates announced today that they have settled their patent disputes and cross-licensed their patent portfolios, ending all pending federal lawsuits. Both parties' patent infringement lawsuits will be dismissed as a result of the settlement between the two leading anti-virus companies.
"We are very pleased by the outcome," said Mike Conner, Trend Micro's vice president for North American sales. "We felt at the outset we needed to protect our intellectual property and we've accomplished that goal."
"Network Associates has demonstrated technology leadership in the industry with 23 issued patents, over 80 pending patents, and even more in the patent pipeline," said Jeff Jones, Product Manager of McAfee, a Network Associates business. "We are very satisfied with the settlement and plan to continue the vigorous protection of our technology assets against patent infringement."
The Trend Micro lawsuit focused on its patent issued in 1997 concerning scanning for viruses in electronic mail and Internet data transfers. The Network Associates lawsuit focused on its patent issued in 2000 concerning concentrated on embedding anti-virus technology into Internet and network applications. The settlement enables both parties to cross-license these and other patented technologies. Other terms and conditions of the settlement are confidential by agreement of the court.
About Network Associates
With headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Network Associates, Inc. is a leading supplier of security and availability solutions for e-business. Network Associates' four business units, PGP Security, providing firewall, intrusion detection and encryption products, Sniffer Technologies, with its protocol analyser products, Magic Solutions, providing web-based service desk solutions, and McAfee, delivering world class anti-virus products, all produce best-of-breed solutions leveraging core technologies to provide the security and availability needed for e-business. Network Associates is also a majority owner of McAfee.com, one the world's largest business to consumer application service providers.
For more information or free evaluation versions of McAfee's leading anti-virus products go to http://www.McAfeeB2B.com , Network Associates can be reached at 972-308-9960 or on the Internet at http://www.nai.com.