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December 7, 1987


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saying that it has pledged not to manufacture and market the products used in the PC-286 Models 1 to 4, which were withdrawn in March after NEC filed suit, and that it will also pay an undisclosed sum of money in the hundreds of thousands of dollars; but Epson is currently selling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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