CUPERTINO, Calif. --September 22, 1997-- Magistrate Judge Edward A. Infante has ordered McAfee Associates, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCAF) to preserve evidence in the copyright infringement case filed by Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) earlier this year. The order was requested by Symantec in response to McAfee's admission that a McAfee employee brought Symantec proprietary materials to McAfee, and that the materials were later destroyed. The judge also ordered McAfee to make available to Symantec all computer hard disks in all research groups in which that employee worked, to refrain from making any changes to any of those disks, and to respond to Symantec's discovery requests on an expedited basis.
Symantec filed the suit when Symantec discovered that McAfee had copied key portions of code from Symantec's CrashGuard product and incorporated that code into its own PC Medic product. The case has now expanded to cover code and trade secrets that McAfee has included in its other products. Symantec is continuing its investigation to determine the full extent of the copyrighted material and trade secrets that McAfee may have misappropriated. The court order will prevent McAfee from interfering with that investigation.
"I am happy to see that the court has issued a ruling that recognizes the fact that there is a great deal more that needs to be done here. This order will help move us to a speedier resolution of the matter," said Gordon E. Eubanks Jr., Symantec's President and CEO. "I'm confident that a jury will determine appropriate compensation and other remedies for McAfee's conduct."
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton Product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax, and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Café product lines in Internet development tools.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan, and several fast-growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California, and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054, or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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