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May 18, 2006 at 1:55 PM

Symantec suing Microsoft; A war’s first volley?

Symantec today filed a lawsuit in Seattle alleging that Microsoft misappropriated trade secrets and broke a contract with Veritas, which has since merged with Symantec.

Basically the complaint alleges Microsoft lifted technology from Veritas Volume Manager and used it to develop competing products. It also alleges that Microsoft concealed this by refusing to let Symantec view its source code.

Symantec and Microsoft have long been partners, but tension has grown between the companies as Microsoft began developing its own line of security products and services. On Monday I mentioned here that Symantec CEO John Thompson was hinting that he’d take legal action against Microsoft if necessary.

Microsoft’s response: It’s B.S.

“We worked hard to try to resolve these issues with Symantec, but were not able to reach an agreement,” the company said in an emailed statement. “We believe the facts will show that Microsoft’s actions were proper and are fully consistent with the contract between Veritas and Microsoft.

“These claims are unfounded because Microsoft actually purchased intellectual property rights for all relevant technologies from Veritas in 2004.”

Ben Romano posted a story on the flap here.

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