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CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND COVOX REACH SETTLEMENT OVER SOUND BLASTER TRADEMARK

 SINGAPORE, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading multimedia provider Creative Technology (NASDAQ: CREAf) today announced that it has won a settlement against Covox Inc. for the rights to the "Sound Blaster"(TM) trademark.
 Creative manufactures, distributes, and markets a series of multimedia products bearing the "Blaster" name, including a family of standard-setting Sound Blaster audio boards. After Covox released a speech recognition software package entitled "Voice Blaster," Creative filed suit against Covox, claiming infringement of its "Sound Blaster" trademark and dilution of its "Blaster" family of marks. In November 1993, Creative was granted a preliminary injunction, enjoining Covox from releasing any new products bearing the "Blaster" mark, or from continuing to sell Voice Blaster after Jan. 1, 1994.
 After continuous litigation, Creative and Covox have reached a settlement. Highlights of the settlement are as follows:
 -- Covox has acknowledged that Creative is the owner of the "Sound Blaster" trademark and that Creative has a protectible interest in its family of "Blaster" marks.
 -- Covox has agreed to withdraw all oppositions to Creative's trademark applications.
 -- Creative has granted a limited license to Covox to use the mark "Voice Blaster" for products shipped by Covox on or before June 30, 1994.
 -- Covox is required to affix stickers to all of its Voice Blaster products that disclaim any association between its Voice Blaster and Creative's Sound Blaster.
 -- After July, 1, 1994, Covox is prohibited from advertising or promoting its product as "Voice Blaster."
 -- Covox is prohibited from releasing any new products bearing the "Blaster" mark as part of the name of the product.
 -- Creative has the right to evaluate three Covox products that are currently under development. Creative has the right to license these products from Covox if it so desires.
 "We are very pleased that Covox has dropped its opposition to the 'Sound Blaster' trademark, thus insuring its registration by the Patent and Trademark Office. This will allow us to build upon the success of our family of Sound Blaster and Video Blaster multimedia products," said K.S. Chay, Creative Technology's president and COO. "The results of the litigation set a strong example for other companies who wish to profit from the well-deserved recognition and acceptance of our products as industry standards."
 Creative Technology Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets a family of sound and video multimedia products for IBM-compatible PCs. The company's Sound Blaster sound platform enables IBM-compatible PCs to produce high-quality audio for entertainment, educational, music and productivity PC-based applications.
 Creative Technology Ltd. was incorporated in 1983 and is based in Singapore. Creative Technology's U.S. subsidiaries include Creative Labs, Inc., E-mu Systems(R), Inc. and ShareVision(R) Technology, Inc. Creative also has other subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and China. The company's stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol CREAf.
 NOTE: Sound Blaster is a trademark of Creative Technology Ltd. E-mu is a registered trademark of E-mu Systems, Inc. and ShareVision is a registered trademark of ShareVision Technology, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Steffanee White of Creative Labs, 408-428-6600; or Mary Moslander of Cunningham Communications, 408-982-0400/
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