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CLEARPOINT ORDERED TO STOP SALE OF PRODUCTS INFRINGING TWO WANG PATENTS

 LOWELL, Mass., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Wang Laboratories, Inc. announced today that Clearpoint Research Corporation, located in Hopinkton, Mass., has been ordered by a United States Federal District Court in Boston to stop the manufacture, use, and sale in the United States of single in-line memory modules (SIMMs) that infringe two Wang patents. The injunction includes an altered SIMM designed by Clearpoint in an attempt to avoid the Wang patents. The court rejected Clearpoint's argument that this modified SIMM was not covered by the two patents. The court's order took effect on Dec. 10, 1992 when the Court of Appeals denied Clearpoint's request that the injunction not take effect pending appeal.
 On June 16, 1992, Wang filed a lawsuit against Clearpoint, alleging that Clearpoint is manufacturing, using, and selling SIMMs that infringe the two Wang patents. In that lawsuit, Wang seeks preliminary and permanent court orders halting Clearpoint from manufacturing, using and selling SIMMs in the United States. Wang also seeks treble monetary damages for Clearpoint's alleged infringement and attorney's fees because its conduct has been willful.
 Paul W. Sandman, senior vice president and general counsel, said, "We are pleased that the District Court has again decided to stop Clearpoint from violating our two patents for SIMM technology. This injunction against Clearpoint sends a clear message to others that their attempts to avoid infringement by superficially changing the basic technology covered by our patents will not be tolerated by the courts."
 In August 1991, the Federal Court in Alexandria, Va. found that NEC Corporation and Toshiba Corporation had manufactured and sold SIMMs in violation of the Wang patents. The court ordered NEC and Toshiba to pay Wang $3.3 million, plus interest, as damages for past patent infringements and ordered the two companies to halt the manufacture, sale, and use of infringing SIMMs in the United States.
 Following the court's decision, Wang has aggressively sought to enforce its SIMM patent rights against other infringing companies and to license manufacturers, distributors, and users of SIMMs. Wang sued Mitsubishi Electronics America, Inc. and NMB Technologies, Inc. in June of this year for infringement of its SIMM patents and has a motion for a preliminary injunction pending against them.
 Wang has already granted licenses to over 35 U.S. and foreign companies since its victory in the Virginia Federal Court, and has already signed licensing agreements with most of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of SIMMs. They include Fujitsu Limited; Hitachi Ltd.; Goldstar Electronic Co., Ltd.; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.; Micron Technology; Motorola; Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Siemens Components, Inc., and Texas Instruments.
 A SIMM is made up of multiple memory chips mounted in a single unit. SIMMs provide large amounts of memory in a small package that is highly reliable since memory chips do not have to be soldered one at a time onto the main printed circuit board of a computer. SIMMs make it easier to assemble PCs and other computer products, and since the SIMMs are installed on the main circuit board vertically or at an angle, they take up a fraction of the space that would be required by memory chips mounted flat.
 SIMMs have made it easy for PC users to add PC memory. Rather than having to exchange the entire PC board or solder new memory chips in place individually, users simply insert new SIMM modules. Equally important, this technology ensures that PC users can upgrade their PC memory with ease as new, higher-density memory becomes available.
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 /CONTACT: Frank Ryan, 508-967-7038, or Ed Pignone, 508-967-4912, both of Wang Laboratories, Inc./
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