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Victorious Veeam slams Symantec following patent win

14 May 2015

Veeam has slammed Symantec after a three year battle over patents drew to a close this week with Veeam successfully fending off Symantec’s accusations of patent infringement.

Veeam says the US Patent & Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board has issued final written decisions on four more inter partes reviews, ruling in favour of Veeam.

“The decisions conclude that all of the remaining patent claims Symantec asserted against Veeam in its second lawsuit in the US District Court of Northern California are invalid, thus vindicating Veeam’s innovative approach to delivering availability solutions for the modern data centre,” Veeam says.

In February Veeam announced the first patent litigation Symantec brought against it in February 2012 had ended ‘with a resounding victory for Veeam’.

The most recent rulings mean to date the USPTO has invalidated the claims in a total of seven Symantec patents.

Veeam took the opportunity to lash out at Symantec, accusing it of trying to stifle competition.

“These USPTO decisions are the latest triumphs for Veeam in a three-year dispute initiated by Symantec because its legacy physical backup products could not compete with Veeam’s innovative approach to delivering availability solutions for the modern data centre,” Veeam says.

Ratmir Timashev, Veeam chief executive, says the final USPTO decisions mean Symantec can never again assert the patents against Veeam’s products.

“We are delighted with the USPTO’s decisions, which are a testament that the US patent system does not protect patents that do not represent authentic innovation.”

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