Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 2/11/2009 05:37:00 PM

CA, Inc. (formerly Computer Associates) Settles Trade Secrets Case with Rocket Software

By Todd
Software provider CA, Inc. this morning said it has reached a settlement with Rocket Software of Newton, Massachusetts, a competitor in the database administration software business, in connection with a 2007 lawsuit lodged by CA charging Rocket with intellectual property theft and misappropriation.

CA sued Rocket for $200 million, alleging that a team of CA engineers hired by Rocket stole computer source code and trade secrets from their former employer and used them as the basis for technology marketed as part of IBM Corp.'s data management software suite. CA today didn't disclose the settlement amount.

As part of the settlement, however, Rocket agreed to license technology from CA, an Islandia, N.Y., company formerly known as Computer Associates, including the source code and related trade secrets that were part of the litigation. Rocket, which had hired programmers and software developers who had worked at Platimum Technology, a company acquired by CA in 1999, did not admit wrongdoing in connection with the lawsuit settlement.

The suit was filed in US District Court in Central Islip, N.Y., on Long Island, and had been scheduled to go to trial this week.

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