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3Com settles patent suits against Xircom

The networking equipment company settles a series of patent suits, and gets a payment of $15 million for the trouble.

3Com announced Tuesday it has reached a settlement agreement in a series of patent infringement lawsuits against Xircom, a subsidiary of chip giant Intel.

The settlements cover three suits, one brought by 3Com against Xircom and two by Xircom against 3Com. Under the terms of the settlements, the companies plan to cross license patents involved in the suits, while 3Com will receive a payment of $15 million.

3Com filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Xircom in U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in 2000. The company alleged that Xircom had violated 29 of 3Com's patents in products such as Xircom's RealPort and RealPort2.

Xircom's RealPort products are PC cards that offer networking capabilities for notebook computers.

In July, the court granted 3Com's request for a preliminary injunction to prevent Xircom from manufacturing and selling RealPort, RealPort2 and a host of other products. Intel acquired Xircom in 2001.

"We are pleased to reach patent peace with Intel and anticipate an improved business relationship," 3Com general counsel Mark Michael said in a statement.