Agreement reached over DSL patents

3Com Corporation has entered into an agreement to assign its rights to certain patents related to Ethernet over Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) to Infineon.

3Com Corporation and Infineon Technologies announced today that they have entered into an agreement that assigns 3Com’s rights to certain patents related to Ethernet over Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) to Infineon.

This agreement provides Infineon undivided interest to these patents, reinforcing Infineon’s position in DSL. In turn, 3Com received an undisclosed fee and will receive a portion of royalties earned through future licensing of the patents by Infineon.

Infineon’s Packet-over-VDSL (PoVDSL) and 10BaseS chips reportedly incorporate the technology protected by these patents. Engineers from Savan, an Israeli start-up acquired by Infineon, were assisted by 3Com engineers when they developed the technology protected by these patents.

‘As the pioneer of Ethernet in the 1980’s, 3Com has a long tradition of invention,’ said Mark Michael, 3Com senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. ‘This agreement illustrates our continued commitment to maximising the value of 3Com’s intellectual property through creative agreements with industry leaders.’

‘The fact that Infineon shipped over 2 million Ethernet over VDSL chipsets in fiscal year 2002 validates our leadership in this key market,’ said Noam Alroy, vice president of Infineon’s Wireline Communications Business Group and CEO of Infineon Technologies Savan. ‘Securing full ownership of the patents will enable Infineon to further extend its position as a supplier of advanced technology solutions to communications equipment providers.’

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