MS facing lawsuit

Symantec has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming it has been “deliberately and surreptitiously” misappropriating storage technology from Veritas, now part of Symantec.

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By  Dylan Bowman Published  May 28, 2006

Symantec has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming it has been “deliberately and surreptitiously” misappropriating storage technology from Veritas, now part of Symantec. According to the lawsuit filed in a US district court, Microsoft ‘misled’ the US government into issuing it patents based on technology that was actually invented by Veritas. Symantec claims this has been going on for nearly a decade. Symantec is seeking damages and an injunction stopping Microsoft from using the technology in the upcoming Vista versions of the Windows operating system. Microsoft had licensed technology in 1996 connected to Veritas’ Volume Manager product, but Symantec claims the software vendor was using it outside the scope of that agreement. In a statement to IT Weekly, Symantec said it “found it necessary to take this step to protect our intellectual property.” Microsoft has said Symantec’s claims “will be shown to be without merit”. The two vendors have increasingly become rivals. Symantec CEO John Thompson has been very belligerent about Microsoft’s push into the security arena, famously declaring last year that his company was “not looking to go whining” to regulatory authorities about it, as “we don’t need competition in the courtrooms.”

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