Symantec loses patent infringement case against Veeam
First of two lawsuits settled, with decision for second case expected in April
Veeam won a legal victory against rival Symantec last month, following a dismissal by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) of Symantec's assertion that Veeam had infringed its patents.
In February 2012, Symantec sued Veeam, asserting that the backup and recovery specialist had infringed various claims on four of its patents. The next three years saw each one get dismissed. Symantec sued Veeam a second time in October 2012, claiming that four additional patents had been infringed.
As of last month the first case is over, with Symantec unable to assert these patent claims against Veeam's current range of products.
"This is a big victory for Veeam. I am pleased with the USPTO rulings. This case shows that Veeam will not back down in the face of threats, even when those threats are made by a large company like Symantec," said Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam.
For the second case, the USPTO found in October 2013 that Veeam established a reasonable likelihood of providing that Syamntec's claims of infringement were invalid. Veeam said that it expects the USPTO to issue final decisions on the case by April this year.