Xircom products banned in patent dispute

Networking giant 3Com has won a preliminary injunction against Xircom that prevents the Intel subsidiary from selling its...

Networking giant 3Com has won a preliminary injunction against Xircom that prevents the Intel subsidiary from selling its RealPort and RealPort 2 modems in the USA.

A US Federal District Court ruled that 26 of Xircom's products, including its RealPort modems, are likely to infringe on technology patented by 3Com.

Intel, in response, has filed a motion to stay the injunction until an appeal is heard, Intel's UK press relations manager Graham Palmer said.

"Intel is not a party to this, nor are any Intel products involved. It's a legacy matter that predates the acquisition," he said.

However, Palmer stressed that the RealPort products are coming to the end of their life cycle anyway. "RealPort has been a strong performer for many years but it's now past its technological maturity," he said.

3Com filed the complaint in February 2001, one month before Intel bought Xircom.

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