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TELULAR SAYS ITS PATENTS UPHELD BY COURT JUDGE, ORA PLANNING TO APPEAL

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.-Telular Corp. said a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled in Telular’s favor against Ora Electronics concerning two patents and Ora’s Cellular Data Link product line.

However, Ora said it plans to appeal the judge’s decision and noted that no injunction has been issued.

Trouble between Telular and Ora began last year and centers around a wireless technology claimed by both companies. Ora is owned by Alliance Research Corp. of Chatsworth, Calif.

At the end of 1994, Ora purchased California-based Cellabs. In June of this year, Telular won a patent infringement lawsuit against two Cellabs employees.

Telular said the latest court ruling against Ora/Alliance upholds two patents owned by Telular and found that Ora/Alliance had a close relationship with the two individuals previously found to have infringed Telular patents.

Telular said the federal judge announced in court that Alliance had to stop marketing and selling its Cellular Data Link product line. Ora/Alliance said no injunction has been issued.

“The form and scope of any injunction, and whether Telular will need to post an injunction bond, have not yet been determined and no injunction has been signed or entered by the court,” said Ora/Alliance.

The California company also said it believes the court was mistaken in its infringement rulings. “Alliance intends to continue defending itself and its products against Telular’s claims as the district court action continues, and to appeal the adverse rulings to the federal circuit court, which specializes in hearing patent cases,” said Ora/Alliance.

Initially, Alliance filed a lawsuit against Telular in California federal court in May 1994. Telular countersued.

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