Friday, June 01, 2007, 6/01/2007 07:50:00 AM

Hewlett-Packard-Dell Spying Update

From the Austin (TX) Statesman, a follow-up indicating that the story about H-P's alleged spying on Dell might be heating up and isn't going away anytime soon.

According to the story, Dell said on Wednesday that it might increase the pressure it's putting on Hewlett-Packard Co. over allegations that the rival computer maker stole inside information about Dell's move into the printer business four years ago.

Dell spokesman Bob Pearson said the company twice asked H-P to investigate the allegations, which were raised in a January lawsuit by a fired H-P executive. With no response to two letters it sent H-P, Pearson said, Dell is "committing resources to explore our concerns."

As the paper puts it: "[i]f the allegations prove true, H-P could be in violation of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996."

We'll keep on top of this one.

[Disclosure: the undersigned and his law firm represent Dell Inc.]

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