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RSA, Network Associates Settle Suit

RSA Data Security, Inc. and Network Associates Inc. announced they have reached a settlement in the patent infringement and copyright case that RSA filed against Network Associates and its PGP Inc. and Trusted Information Systems (TIS) subsidiaries.

In a joint statement from the companies today, Network Associates also announced it entered into a new royalty-bearing license for RSA's crypto-security engines. The agreement gives Network Associates rights to feature RSA technologies in certain Network Associates, PGP, and TIS products.

The settlement terms call for Network Associates to draw on a previously existing escrow account (set at the time of the PGP acquisition) in order to pay RSA an undisclosed sum to settle past issues and legal fee costs. The agreement then voids three federal actions and a court-ordered arbitration.

The licensing of RSA's BSAFE and BCERT products will give Network Associates the right to include RSA crypto-security software components in its Total Network Security (TNS) Suite. The TNS products line includes PGP Client, Recover-Key, Gauntlet Firewall, Gauntlet VPN, and PGP Certificate Server.

"We are pleased to have arrived at an amicable and constructive agreement with Network Associates, and welcome them as a valued customer and partner," said Al Sisto, COO of RSA Data Security, Inc., in a statement. "This settlement and new license agreement will allow both companies to work together to provide the market with high quality solutions and feature industry standard RSA crypto-security technology."



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