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Symantec to Participate on Federal Trade Commission Panel Discussing Reforms to Patent System

CUPERTINO, Calif. – April 15, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced that Michael Schallop, senior corporate counsel and director of Symantec’s patent program, will participate on a panel discussing proposed reforms to the United States’ patent system. The event, entitled “Ideas Into Action: Implementing Reform Of the Patent System,” is hosted by the Berkeley Center For Law and Technology, located on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. Schallop’s panel discussion is scheduled for Friday, April 16, 2004, from 2 – 3:45 p.m. Pacific time, at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley, Calif.

The panel discussion, which is open to the public, will examine a series of proposals to reform the patent system in a report released by the Federal Trade Commission in October 2003 entitled “To Promote Innovation: The Proper Balance of Competition and Patent Law and Policy.” The full report can be accessed through the Federal Trade Commission’s Web site at

"Improving the patent system is an important priority with the information security industry, given the challenges associated with today's cyber attacks," said John W. Thompson, chairman and chief executive officer of Symantec. "Our customers face security challenges that continue to evolve every day. We focus on delivering the latest, most effective and innovative solutions to our customers to help them meet those threats. We look forward to working with the Federal Trade Commission and supporting their efforts to improve the overall patent system.”

Schallop’s comments will focus on how specific elements of the proposed reforms would impact the information security industry and benefit customers and their efforts to combat today’s cyber threats. As director of Symantec’s patent program, Schallop oversees and manages all aspects of Symantec’s internal patent process. As senior corporate counsel, Schallop’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property-related matters. Schallop has spoken on and written several articles on intellectual property topics, including the balance of IP and competition policies for standard setting and open source efforts.

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