Feeds

UK distie fights Cisco injunction

Spot the difference

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

A Shropshire distie is threatening to report Cisco to the DTI for uncompetitive behaviour after the networking giant's lawyers began moves to stop it selling kit from Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei.

Spot Distribution's robust response comes after receiving a "cease and desist" letter from Cisco for distributing Huawei products that allegedly copy Cisco's intellectual property.

In a parallel move, Cisco yesterday announced it had filed a law suit in Texas alleging that Huawei "unlawfully copied and misappropriated Cisco's IOS software, including source code, copied Cisco documentation and other copyrighted materials, and infringed numerous Cisco patents."

Cisco accusations against Huawei are unusually detailed. Amongst other things, it alleges the operating system used by Huawei's Quidway routers and switches "contains a number of text strings, file names, and bugs that are identical to those found in Cisco's IOS source code".

Spot Distribution claims Cisco's actions against it and Huawei are unfounded. Huawei has not stolen Cisco's technology, it says, arguing that the networking giant is running scared of its competition.

In a statement issued today, George (Georgina) Wellings, a director at Spot Distribution, stated: "On inspecting the Huawei manuals we have in stock, it appears that Spot Distribution Ltd has no case to answer."

"We hope this attempt to prevent the distribution of Huawei products is not just the result of a major manufacturer running scared of the competition."

Casting herself in the role of David (Davina?) against Cisco's Goliath, Wellings is reaching for her slingshot.

"It is our intention to refer this matter to the Office of Fair Trading and DTI to ensure there has been no attempt to act in an anti-competitive manner," she added.

We wanted to discuss the legal basis of this unorthodox move with Spot Distribution (along with other matters), but no directors were available for comment at the time of going to press. ®

Related Stories

Cisco sues Huawei over IP 'theft'
Conspiracy to create 'Cisco of China'

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.