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Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. said Thursday that it has settled a lawsuit in which it had claimed Florida-based Harris Corp. violated its patents involving wireless communications technology in the United States and Canada. NEC sued Harris last September in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and Canada’s federal court, demanding compensation from and seeking a court injunction against Harris. Under the settlement, Harris, a major maker of air traffic control systems and wireless network equipment, has agreed to take a nonexclusive license under NEC’s Digital Microwave Radio patents. NEC also agreed to dismiss all claims in its lawsuit. Harris, based in Melbourne, Fla., in turn agreed to dismiss all claims covered by a counter-lawsuit it filed in December last year in Texas over different patents. Harris agreed to grant NEC a license for Harris’ patents related to telephone systems for corporate use, according to NEC. NEC said it will also sell Harris certain NEC patents under the agreement, and they agreed to a patent cross-license for all other product categories. Other terms of the settlement were not disclosed. “NEC is pleased to have resolved these litigations with terms and conditions that recognize the value of NEC’s DMR patents,” said Botaro Hirosaki, NEC senior vice president. “We value our intellectual property as an extremely important company asset.” In its initial court filing, NEC had accused Harris of infringing seven patents in the United States and four in Canada for point-to-point digital microwave radio terminals. The complaints focused on technology in Harris products, which some wireless telecommunications service operators use to relay calls and data. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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