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Visto and Seven play nicely

At least one of the industry’s long running IPR disputes has been settled, as mobile email software rivals Visto and Seven have reached an agreement that will see Seven licence Visto’s patents.

The firms have been court-bound for three years now as a series of battles have dragged on over Seven’s refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of Visto’s intellectual property.

Now, though, all litigation has been ditched as the companies issued a statement Tuesday trumpeting the happy resolution of their difficulties.

“We are delighted by today’s announcement,” said a beaming Brian Bogosian, chairman, president and CEO of Visto. “This resolution underscores the importance of Visto’s contributions to the mobile communications industry and our commitment to protecting the intellectual property that we developed over a decade ago.”

Over at Seven, meanwhile – and presumably through clenched teeth – Ross Bott, president and CEO said: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement that resolves the dispute. As we continue our efforts to innovate and add value for our customers, this agreement provides the licenses that are needed to protect their investments in the booming push email market.”

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