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IBM-FUJITSU ARBITRATION

 NEW YORK, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Arbitration Association today released the following:
 Pursuant to an arbitration regime established in 1987, Fujitsu has elected not to purchase a license to use interface information contained in new versions of IBM mainframe operating systems software released in 1993 in Fujitsu's development of compatible systems software. As a result, Fujitsu may not use these 1993 IBM program versions in Fujitsu's compatible systems software development until 1999, when the regime is scheduled to end.
 Under the previously purchased licenses created by the arbitration regime, Fujitsu retains the right to use interface information contained in versions of IBM programs released before 1993 (and all future releases of those versions) in Fujitsu's compatible software development. Moreover, prior to the commencement of each applicable year, Fujitsu retains an option to purchase additional licenses (at fees determined by the Arbitrators) to use interface information contained in versions of IBM programs released in 1994 through June 25, 1997 in Fujitsu's compatible software development.
 Because the regime applies on a reciprocal basis to both parties, IBM is entitled to purchase a license to use interface information contained in Fujitsu programs in IBM's software development. IBM has never elected to do so.
 The arbitration regime exclusively defines for IBM and Fujitsu all permitted uses of each other's mainframe operating systems software for purposes of systems software development.
 Pursuant to the orders of the arbitrators, both IBM and Fujitsu are free to repeat disclosures made by the arbitrators. However, the companies and their counsel remain obligated to make no additional disclosure concerning the arbitration proceedings.
 The neutral and independent arbitrators in the IBM-Fujitsu arbitration are Robert H. Mnookin, a Harvard Law School professor and an expert in dispute settlement; and John L. Jones, a retired executive vice president of Norfolk, Southern Corporation and an expert in computer systems.
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 /CONTACT: Peter Verrengia or Alison Minaglia of Fleishman-Hillard, Inc., 212-265-9150 for American Arbitration Association/
 (IBM)


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