US Robotics is locked in a court battle with the makers of Portmaster servers and routers, Livingston Enterprises.
The row is over a technology licensing deal signed in September 1994, which provided royalty payments to Livingston while USR was using the Portmaster ComOS software. USR wanted ComOS for its Netserver hub and incorporated it into its Total Control Enterprise network hub.
In October 1996 USR filed against Livingston, claiming that it was in breach of contract and accusing it of unfair trade practices. This week Livingston filed a counter suit, claiming USR was making improper use of its technology and had not returned ComOS source code by an October deadline, which was a key part of the contract.
A Livingston spokesperson said: ?The original USR suit was completely without merit and we are vigorously contesting it.?
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