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Symantec suit targets Vista

May 20th, 2006 by Patrick S

Symantec filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing Microsoft of abusing a business relationship between the two and misappropriating its technology and trade secrets for use in the upcoming Vista operating system.

In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Symantec said it wants Microsoft to stop work on Vista until its technology is removed from the system.

The lawsuit centers on Veritas software that helps businesses store and manage data. Microsoft licensed a bare-bones version of the software for its Windows 2000 operating system, and gave Veritas the exclusive right to sell more advanced products for the operating system, the lawsuit said.

Symantec said that Veritas shared its trade secrets and even trained Microsoft engineers as the companies began working together. But Microsoft used those trade secrets to start developing products that directly competed with Veritas’ offerings, the lawsuit said.

Now, Microsoft is building into Vista some of the advanced features that were supposed to be reserved for Veritas to sell for the operating system.

Source info: Seattle Times

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