Agilent Technologies settles dispute with CompUSA over optical mouse sensor intellectual property rights

PALO ALTO, Calif., and DALLAS, Sept. 18, 2003

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and CompUSA Inc. today announced that they have reached a resolution in a dispute over the use of optical sensors supplied by unlicensed manufacturers of Agilent's optical navigation patents. Under the terms of the agreement, CompUSA will discontinue sales of optical computer mice based on the unlicensed technology.

"CompUSA has always had the position that we will not infringe, either directly or indirectly, the intellectual property rights of any third party," said Mark Walker, executive vice president and general counsel for CompUSA. "CompUSA is pleased to resolve this matter with Agilent and will work with Agilent in the future if needed."

Agilent pioneered optical sensing for mouse technology and supplies these sensors to all optical mouse manufacturers worldwide. During the past 15 years, Agilent has invested extensively in research and development for these products and has developed an impressive intellectual property portfolio. This portfolio holds more than 100 imaging and navigation patents that cover the state-of-the-art optical sensing technology that is fundamental in making an optical mouse. Since their introduction, optical mouse products powered by Agilent's optical sensing technology have established themselves as the standard in computer input devices.

"Agilent respects the intellectual property rights of others and fully expects others to respect Agilent's intellectual property," said Jason Hartlove, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Sensor Solutions Division. "We continually evaluate whether optical mice made with non-Agilent optical mouse sensors infringe upon Agilent-owned patents. Agilent will protect its intellectual property and continue to invest in developing industry leading optical mouse components."

Agilent has shipped more than 100 million optical mouse sensors since the release of its first navigation sensor in 1999. More information about Agilent's optical mouse sensors is available at

About CompUSA

CompUSA Inc. ( is one of the nation's leading retailers and resellers of personal computers and related products and services. CompUSA Inc. currently operates 229 CompUSA Computer Superstores in 84 major metropolitan markets across the United States that serve retail, corporate, government and education customers and includes technical service departments. Many of the stores include classroom-training facilities.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 30,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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Mark Alden, Agilent
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Mark Walker, CompUSA
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