HP settles patent dispute with EMC

Hewlett Packard is to pay $325m (£180m) to settle a patent dispute with storage giant EMC.

Hewlett Packard is to pay $325m (£180m) to settle a patent dispute with storage giant EMC.

HP and EMC had been in patent litigation against one another since 2001.

As part of the settlement HP will pay EMC £180.5m over the next five years, for the purchase for resale or internal use of complementary EMC products, such as the VMware server software product line.

EMC and HP have also have signed a five-year patent cross-license agreement.

Paul Dacier, EMC senior vice-president and general counsel, said, "We are pleased with these agreements. This resolution allows EMC to protect its substantial intellectual property investments and patent portfolio, while serving the best interests of our customers.

“Upon completion, we expect to have a business relationship that will provide the customers of both companies with additional choices and technology that can accelerate their adoption of information lifecycle management," he said.

"HP is happy to conclude this matter in a way that recognises the strength of both companies' intellectual property portfolios and provides positive benefits to customers desiring interoperable multi-vendor solutions," said Joe Beyers, HP vice-president of intellectual property licensing.

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