BankAmerica Corp. agreed last week to pay $125,000 to settle its part in lawsuit over a technology patent for networking personal computers.

If the suit -- which is still pending against software maker Novell Inc. -- succeeds, thousands of U.S. corporations could be liable to pay licensing fees for crucial software that they installed years ago to link their PCs.

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