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December 7, 1987

NEC AND SEIKO EPSON SETTLES DIFFERENCES

By CBR Staff Writer

NEC Corp and Seiko Epson Co have settled their differences over Epson’s alleged violation of NEC’s software copyright out of court: there have been differing interpretations of the settlement, with Epson saying that it has pledged not to manufacture and market the products used in the PC-286 Models 1 to 4, which were withdrawn in March after NEC filed suit, and that it will also pay an undisclosed sum of money in the hundreds of thousands of dollars; but Epson is currently selling between 7,000 and 8,000 units of its PC-286 Model 0 and the PC-286 Model V and U, announced in April and October respectively, which have a different BIOS but run NEC software, and NEC senior managing director Mizuno says that NEC is currently investigating whether PC-286 Models V and U infringe NEC’s copyrights, and may take further action if a problem is found; he also said that NEC does not intend to emulate the IBM-Fujitsu settlement by setting up any system under which clonemakers could buy NEC’s system software.

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