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Symantec Pays Altiris $10 Million To Settle Patent Disputes

Altiris and Symantec on Friday announced that they'd settled all pending patent lawsuits--some going back as far as 1999--and have entered into a cross-licensing agreement.
Altiris and Symantec on Friday announced that they'd settled all pending patent lawsuits--some going back as far as 1999--and have entered into a cross-licensing agreement. As part of the deal, Symantec will pay Altiris $10 million.

One of the patents in dispute involved Altiris and PowerQuest, a disk management software maker that Palo Alto, Calif.-based Symantec acquired in late 2003. One of PowerQuest's flagship products was PartitionMagic, which has been integrated into Symantec's own Ghost disk imaging software. Others disputes related to claims by Altiris that Symantec violated its patent on technologies to intercept and control the boot process of a PC.

"Under terms of the agreement, both companies have agreed to dismiss all claims and counterclaims with no findings or admissions of liability," said the pair in a joint statement.

Altiris, a Lindon, UT-based maker of lifecycle management software, has co-development deals in place with Hewlett-Packard, and provides Dell with client-management software for the desktops and laptops the Texas manufacturer sells.