Veeam Declares Victory in Symantec Patent Battle
The legal dispute over alleged patent infringement appears to be settled, as the USPTO has deemed the patents Symantec tried to assert against Veeam are invalid.Data center availability and backup vendor Veeam today announced that it has been successful in defending itself against claims alleged by Symantec over patent infringement. In total, Veeam has been able to get seven Symantec patents to be deemed as invalid. "In February 2012, Symantec filed its first patent infringement lawsuit against Veeam and in October 2012, Symantec filed a second patent suite," Doug Hazelman, Veeam's vice president of Product Strategy, told eWEEK. "At the time, we felt that that the lawsuit was without merit, and here we are three years later and we have successfully worked with the courts and the U.S. Patent and Trade Office [USPTO] to review the patents." The USPTO has deemed that the patents Symantec tried to assert against Veeam are invalid, effectively ending the case, according to Hazelman. From Symantec's perspective, there might still be some future for the action. "Symantec is aware of the patent office ruling," a Symantec spokesperson told eWEEK. "We will continue to consider all of our legal options to protect our intellectual property."
While the legal battle with Symantec has been ongoing since 2012, Hazelman emphasized that it did not have any negative impact on Veeam's business. Veeam is now double the size it was in 2012 when the suit was first filed, he said.