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APPLE INTENDS TO APPEAL RULING IN COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST MICROSOFT AND HEWLETT-PACKARD

 SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced that it intends to appeal Judge Vaughn Walker's final judgment for the defendants in the company's copyright infringement suit against Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ-NMS: MSFT) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HWP). The judgement is expected to be entered in the near future, based on expressions of the judge's intent in a hearing here today in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.
 On May 24, 1993, all parties to Apple's copyright infringement suit filed a stipulation with the court that permitted the entry of a judgment in favor of the defendants in order to permit the parties to prosecute an appeal. In the stipulation, the parties agreed to the following: "In light of the prior rulings, it would be in the best interest of judicial economy and efficiency to obtain an early review of those rulings on appeal rather than proceeding to a trial."
 A trial had been scheduled to commence on June 28 on the issue of whether the graphical user interface works of Microsoft's Windows and Hewlett-Packard's NewWave were "virtually identical" to the interface of Apple's 1983 copyrighted Lisa Desktop interface.
 Apple's general counsel and vice president, Edward B. Stead, said, "Although we were gratified that after five years of delay, the District Court would have allowed a jury to compare defendants' interfaces with the Lisa/Macintosh interface 'as a whole,' we think the District Court was wrong in treating Apple's distinctive copyrighted graphical user interface as a 'purely functional arrangement' and in applying an infringement standard of virtual identicality rather than substantial similarity. With the parties' stipulation, the case will now proceed directly to review by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. We think it is important that innovative graphical computer works receive the protection to which they are entitled under the copyright law."
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh and Lisa are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Ylonda Davis of Apple Public Relations, 408-974-5193/
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