Settlement Reached in Adobe Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. (26 May 1998)—The Learning Company Inc. has agree to pay Adobe Systems Inc. $2 million to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit involving 1,169 Adobe fonts.

The $2 million will cover damages, including lost profits, interest, and more than $1 million in legal fees, Adobe announced. The settlement follows a California judge's February ruling that one of the fonts—Adobe's Utopia—had been infringed by some Learning Company-distributed products.

The Learning Company also agreed to stop selling the products: several CD-ROMs containing more than 1,000 fonts each. Adobe expected the ruling to extend to the remaining 1,168 fonts.

"We are delighted to have vindicated our intellectual property rights and established that our font software programs are protected by copyright," noted Paul Anderson, Adobe vice president for Type & Content.

"We are pleased to have settled this amicably with Adobe," acknowledged Neal S. Winneg, senior vice president of The Learning Company.

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