Friday, September 10, 2010

NetApp, Oracle Drop ZFS LawSuits

The Wall Street Journal:

"NetApp Inc. and Oracle Corp. have agreed to dismiss patent lawsuits against each other, putting to bed a battle that had been ongoing since 2007.

The terms of the agreement weren't disclosed, and the companies said they are seeking to have the lawsuits dismissed without prejudice.

NetApp President and Chief Executive Tom Georgens said Thursday the companies would continue to collaborate in the future.

NetApp, which sells data-storage systems, and Sun Microsystems, which has since been bought by Oracle, began the fight in 2007, with each company alleging the other was infringing some of its patents.

Lawsuits were filed on both companies' behalf, with NetApp alleging that Sun's ZFS file-system-management technology infringed a number of its patents. Sun at the time also said NetApp products infringed its patents."

See also The Register article.

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