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Why they can't just get along...
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 25 August 2006 09:35
Gloves come off in Symantec, Microsoft dispute
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: August 25, 2006, 4:00 AM PDT

After initial courtroom sparring in Symantec's trade secret lawsuit against Microsoft, the companies are now shaping up for the real fight.

A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday approved an order that lets both parties in the case file documents under seal. They can now fully cooperate in gathering information pertinent to the case, since sensitive details won't become public record. An actual trial, should it come down to that, is still far away, though. In a court filing last week, both Symantec and Microsoft suggested trial dates in December of next year.
What's new:

After initial courtroom sparring, Microsoft and Symantec are finally shaping up for a real legal fight over a storage patent.
Bottom line:

The case is part of a high-stakes battle in the software industry, where Microsoft is increasingly entering Symantec's turf of security software.

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"We want to drive this forward," Michael Schallop, director of legal affairs at Symantec, said in an interview Wednesday. "We think we're right, and we will be able to prove it. The sooner we get this resolved the better, whether through trial or through a negotiated resolution."


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