Symantec has sued Microsoft over bundling, but it isn’t an antitrust complaint. Their complaint is that Microsoft has inappropriately bundled into Vista and Longhorn Server some technology owned by Veritas which was recently acquired by Symantec. Joris Evers at CNET:
Symantec has launched a suit charging Microsoft with misappropriating its intellectual property and with violating a license related to data storage technology.
The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle, seeks unspecified damages and an injunction barring Microsoft from using the Symantec technology, which would include a halt on Windows Vista and the Longhorn server, according to a copy of the filing.
“We are accusing them of misusing certain intellectual property that they had access to…and (saying) that they misused our intellectual property in operating system products,” Michael Schallop, the director of legal affairs at the security company, said in an interview. It is the first time Microsoft and Symantec have been pitted against each other in court, he said.
The complaint involves Symantec’s Volume Manager product, acquired as part of the company’s takeover of Veritas Software.
Todd Bishop has more including a copy of the complaint and statements from the two parties.