Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/16/symantec_sues_acronis_veeam/

Symantec sues rivals in backup patents spat

Sales ban and damages bid against Acronis and Veeam

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Law, 16th February 2012 12:35 GMT

It's war: big backup beast Symantec is suing upstart competitors Acronis and Veeam, accusing them of infringing its patents and getting a free ride using Symantec technology. It wants jury trials, cessation of infringing product sales and damages.

The cited patents deal with backup and replication - see if you can recognise any of these technologies:

Acronis is being sued in Northern California for allegedly infringing these five patents with its Backup and Recovery product line. Symantec wants Acronis stopped from selling its backup and recovery products and made to pay damages.

Veeam is being sued in the same court for allegedly infringing the '086 patent and three others with its Backup & Replication software:

Symantec claims "Veeam's infringement is cause-in-fact of profit loss and price erosion suffered by Symantec". It wants Veeam prevented from selling any products that break Symantec's patents plus damages. That would put Veeam out of business.

A Veeam spokesperson said: "It's Veeam's policy not to comment on any pending legislation."

Acronis has said it is planning to defend the case in court. We imagine it'll deny all claims until the point at which Symantec looks likely to win, if that point is reached, and then start negotiating licences and royalty payments. Until then it's business as usual. ®