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Mobile software companies Visto Corp. and Seven Networks Inc. have settled their patent disputes, the companies announced Tuesday, ending three years of high-profile court battles � including an appeal of a multimillion-dollar jury verdict. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Seven has agreed to license some of Visto’s patents, as well as to pay Visto a cash sum, said Visto General Counsel Timothy Robbins. “We basically agreed to have peace between us,” Robbins said. Much of the litigation between the companies concerned five Visto patents dealing with synchronization of e-mail, contacts and other corporate data with mobile phones. Four active lawsuits, three filed in East Texas and one in Northern California, ended with the settlement. Two of those cases were countersuits filed by Seven. In April 2006, an East Texas jury found Seven had infringed on three patents, and in December a judge ordered Seven to pay double damages totaling $7.7 million. Seven’s effort to appeal the verdict and damage award will be dropped as a result of the settlement, Robbins said. Howrey has represented Seven in its patent suits, while Manatt, Phelps & Phillips represents Visto. Neither a Seven spokesperson nor a Howrey attorney responded to phone calls Tuesday afternoon, but Seven CEO Ross Bott said in a press release he was “pleased” to have reached a settlement. “As we continue our efforts to innovate and add value for our customers,” he said, “this agreement provides the licenses that are needed to protect their investments in the booming push e-mail market.” Visto has been actively litigating over its 31-patent portfolio in recent years, starting in 2003 with the litigation against Seven. Infringement suits against Good Technology (now part of Motorola), Microsoft Corp. and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion remain active, Robbins said. “We feel confident in our cases,” Robbins said. “We’re willing to talk [about settlements]. It’s up to them whether they want to talk to us.” Visto licenses some mobile technology patents owned by NTP, the patent-holding company that reached a $612.5 million settlement from Research In Motion in March 2006. NTP owns an equity stake in Visto. A more significant investor in the company is Altitude Capital Partners, which gave the company $35 million in funding in February. Altitude is a New York-based private equity firm that funds companies with valuable intellectual property.

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