Sweeping Microsoft-Sun Pact Settles Long-Standing Patent Disputes

Law360, New York (April 2, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Software giant Microsoft and archrival Sun Microsystems have signed a broad settlement agreement that includes the resolution of long-standing patent litigation, the two companies said in a surprise announcement Friday.

The two companies are settling and terminating their lawsuits in the U.S. in a deal that includes payments of $1.95 billion to Sun, the companies said. Moreover, Sun agreed not to continue to pursue its actions pending against Microsoft in the European Union.

"Our companies will continue to compete hard, but this agreement creates a new...
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