HP Hits EMC With Patent Suits
Hewlett Packard is suing EMC for seven alleged patent infringements.Hewlett Packard Co. is suing EMC Corp. for seven alleged patent infringements. A spokesman for HP, which became a top-tier storage firm earlier this year with its buyout of Compaq Computer Corp., said EMCs Symmetrix and Clariion hardware and its TimeFinder volume imaging software infringe on HPs patents for data transfer, data reading/writing and storage networking technologies. "If EMC is willing, were looking to settle," said Bob Schultz, vice president of marketing for HPs Network Storage Solutions group, in Palo Alto, Calif. HP is seeking injunctions and unspecified monetary damages.
"We looked at EMCs preference for the courtroom, and then we reviewed our patent portfolio, and decided that taking legal action was the appropriate response," he said, referring to EMCs recent patent suit against Hitachi Ltd. EMC also sued StorageApps Inc., which was later acquired by HP. That suit has yet to be settled, Schultz said.