Saturday, May 20, 2006, 5/20/2006 09:47:00 AM

More on Symantec v. Microsoft Trade Secrets Case

From TG Daily, an interview with Symantec's director of legal affairs, Michael Shallop. In the interview, he alleges that Microsoft employed programmers to take apart source code from storage virtualization leader Veritas to which Microsoft was not entitled, and then used the information it gleaned from that code to create storage virtualization device drivers for a number of Windows products including forthcoming versions of Windows Vista and "Longhorn" server.

Microsoft, though, says that Symantec is wrong "because Microsoft actually purchased intellectual property rights for all relevant technologies from Veritas in 2004."

Based on Mr. Shallop's comments, it looks like the lawsuit may leverage to cut a deal with Microsoft before Vista and the Longhorn server are released. Oddly enough, the companies continue to do business with one another.

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