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February 24, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

It’s bad enough when your sworn commercial enemies rip off your designs, but the unkindest cut of all is when one of your buddies, who has quietly signed a non-aggression pact with you, is found guilty of doing it, but that is what has happened between Matsushita and IBM – and only the eagle eyes of a US Customs officer, who ran the BIOS compatibility test program on one of a consignment of Panasonic SX800 Personalikes, spotted the infringement: Matsushita has meekly acknowledged the infringement, declaring that it was the result of a design error, and has agreed to pay IBM a fine for copyright infringement; IBM says the two companies have settled the matter amicably and trusts that it won’t spoil their relationship in the future.

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