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CATERPILLAR: COURT ORDERS KAT-PARTS NAME CHANGE

 PEORIA, Ill., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today that Kat-Parts, Inc. must change its trade name by April 1 under a court compromise and settlement that also bars the Houston firm from making infringing or counterfeit uses of Caterpillar Inc.'s trademark.
 The permanent injunction by consent, entered by U.S. District Court Judge Norman W. Black in Houston in January, settles a 1991 lawsuit brought by Caterpillar against Kat-Parts, Inc., for trademark infringement and counterfeiting. The injunction states that defendants Kat-Parts, Inc., and its President, William E. Dann, were found to have violated the trademarks and trade dress of Caterpillar by use of the mark "Caterpillar" and the trade name "Kat-Parts."
 It also states that William Seymour Sr., and William Seymour Jr., British principals of the company named as defendants, were found to have made technical infringements.
 Caterpillar Group President Glen A. Barton said the lawsuit is an example of Caterpillar's aggressive efforts to protect its trademarks and trade dress, and is part of an ongoing, worldwide company commitment.
 "When our customer buys a part packaged like a Caterpillar part, it's critical he have every confidence he's buying a genuine Caterpillar part. The `Caterpillar' trademark and our distinctive yellow and black label must stand for the Caterpillar quality and service behind that part," said Barton.
 Other terms of the compromise and settlement, which was reached after four days of trial in November 1992, are confidential. Both parties have indicated they are satisfied with the terms.
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 /CONTACT: Keith Butterfield, corporate public affairs of Caterpillar, 309-675-1307/
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CO: Caterpillar Inc.; Kat-Parts, Inc. ST: Illinois, Texas IN: AUT SU:

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