Friday, May 19, 2006, 5/19/2006 08:22:00 AM

Symantec Brings Trade Secrets Action Against Microsoft

From the Seattle Times, an article concerning a trade secrets lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington state by Symantec against Microsoft.

According to the article, Symantec alleges that "Microsoft has deliberately and surreptitiously misappropriated Symantec's valuable data-storage technologies, misled and thereby convinced the United States government to issue patents to Microsoft based on technologies invented by Symantec, attempted unsuccessfully to persuade Symantec to forgive Microsoft's misdeeds under the guise of expanding a business relationship, and ultimately built portions of its next generation operating system on this house of cards."

The allegations relate to code included in Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Vista operating system.

Microsoft, of course, denies it all. We'll keep track.

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