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Cisco claims Huawei 'misstated facts' in 2003 copyright case

Reopens old wounds
Fri Oct 12 2012, 13:59
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TELECOMS EQUIPMENT MAKER Cisco has claimed Huawei misstated facts during a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Cisco claimed back in 2003 that Huawei, which has become its biggest rival in the lucrative network infrastructure market, illegally obtained source code, a claim that Huawei denied. Now Cisco is claiming that Huawei misstated facts during that copyright infringement case and released new excerpts from a previously sealed document.

Previously Huawei had said the source code that was found on its routers was obtained through a third party and not taken from Cisco. The two firms have been fighting a decade long battle in the network infrastructure market, which has seen Cisco's grip weaken while Huawei has been climbing rapidly.

Mark Chandler, SVP and general counsel and secretary at Cisco first released excepts on 1 October on his Cisco blog but came back for a second helping yesterday and said, "In my blog, I let Huawei and Mr. [Charles] Ding know that Cisco would waive any confidentiality provisions from that litigation so the world could learn what really happened and suggested they publish the expert's report from the litigation. Huawei and Mr. Ding have so far ignored my offer."

Chandler then ratcheted up his attack on Huawei's Ding, who is corporate VP and the firm's top representative in the US, by saying, "Ding's statements of two weeks ago indeed misstate the facts and therefore merit a direct, factually accurate and proportionate response. Rather than providing Cisco's interpretation of the facts, we think it better simply to set forth the facts themselves."

Chandler's post ended by daring Ding to publish the full Neutral Expert's final report. Back in 2003 Cisco and Huawei decided to drop the case, but it seems that Cisco wants to play off the back of the US decision to consider Huawei a security threat and reopen old wounds. µ


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