& cplSiteName &

Cisco/Huawei Lawsuit on Hold

Light Reading
News Analysis
Light Reading
10/1/2003
50%
50%

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has suspended its copyright infringement lawsuit against Chinese equipment provider Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

The two companies jointly announced today that they have signed an agreement to put the litigation on hold pending an independent review of Huawei products.

Cisco filed its suit against Huawei last January, accusing the company of violating copyright laws and stealing intellectual property to use in Huawei products and support materials (see Cisco/Huawei Brawl Begins).

Today's agreement is not a settlement, but both companies express hope it will help lead to a conclusion to the dispute.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that we hope will result in a resolution to the litigation,” says Penny Bruce, a Cisco spokeswoman.

Cisco won a preliminary injunction against Huawei back in June (see Cisco Wins Huawei Injunction). As a result, the court ordered Huawei to stop distributing user manuals or online help files that contain material copyrighted by Cisco. It also prohibited the Chinese company from selling products that use a portion of Cisco’s source code. But the court did not go as far as Cisco would have liked. It refused Cisco’s broader request to bar Huawei from using any of its router software.

The agreement today takes the preliminary injunction a step further and gives Cisco exactly what it wants. As part of the agreement, Huawei has agreed to update and change all of the products that have been accused of violating copyright or intellectual property rights. Specifically, Huawei has agreed to change its source code, command line interfaces, user manuals, and all portions of the help screen for these products.

Huawei says it had voluntarily made these changes to its products and support material soon after the lawsuit was filed (see Huawei: Cisco Code Is Gone).

The two companies have also agreed to allow an independent expert to review Huawei products to ensure they are in compliance with the agreement. Cisco has asked the court to suspend the litigation for six months while the review process is being conducted. After that point, a decision will be made whether to continue with the litigation or settle the dispute.

Based on Cisco’s previous statements, the company’s primary demand is that the alleged copying be stopped. No details have been provided in terms of what, if any, damages the company is seeking in the lawsuit.

3Com Corp. (Nasdaq: COMS), which is forming a joint venture with Huawei, intervened in the lawsuit earlier this summer (see 3Com Taps Huawei in Enterprise Battle and 3Com Pings Court on Huawei Deal). It has also agreed to the terms outlined today.

“We are pleased that they have been able to reach this agreement,” says Ron Friedman, associate general counsel for 3Com. “And we foresee no impact on the proposed joint venture from what was announced today.”

— Marguerite Reardon, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
whyiswhy
50%
50%
whyiswhy,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/4/2012 | 11:22:17 PM
re: Cisco/Huawei Lawsuit on Hold
Buawhahahaha!

http://www.lightreading.com/bo...

-Why
BobbyMax
50%
50%
BobbyMax,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/4/2012 | 11:22:15 PM
re: Cisco/Huawei Lawsuit on Hold
It is strange that Cisco would seek the opinion of experts. It could have done the same thing at the time it decided to file a nasty lawsuit against a new company for no reason. Cisco never agreed to let the experts examine the code, documentation abd standards to determine the extent to which Cisco copies from various sources. All user interfaces in a network environment are defined by a set of standards.

As Cisco had demanded that Huawwei not be allowed to do business in the US. I think that Huawei should leave the US market and ask not to do business with Cisco in China. I think this would be fair settlement.
bear
50%
50%
bear,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/4/2012 | 11:22:01 PM
re: Cisco/Huawei Lawsuit on Hold
Does it really surprise you that a Chinese OEM is stealing intellectual property? Helllooo?? And I'll bet whatever money I have that 3Com is being taken down the primrose path, too. When the Chinese say, "sure, let's do joint venture," what they are really saying is, "show me how to do this or that, then go away." I'm not a racist or a enthno-centric bigot, but I am a realist that watches pattterns and history pretty well. The Chinese are very eager to stake a claim in the world market and they will do whatever is necessary to achieve that goal, even on the backs of those they purport to be "partners" as long as they don't get caught. Amen.
whyiswhy
50%
50%
whyiswhy,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/4/2012 | 11:21:55 PM
re: Cisco/Huawei Lawsuit on Hold
http://www.lightreading.com/bo...

-Why
theEnergizerBunny
50%
50%
theEnergizerBunny,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/4/2012 | 11:21:53 PM
re: Cisco/Huawei Lawsuit on Hold
Dear bear,

you have some good points and I can believe these
are not based on racial or cultural bias. However,
to look at doing business with China as a whole,
I think we can take a more far-reaching view.

True, the Chinese are not playig the game following
our rules, partly because they don't like our rules
and partly because they don't understand the rules
very well. Remember the 70s, when the Japanese
dumped memory devices using prices below cost, in
order to gain US market share? Likewise, the
Chinese will learn the rules gradually. Just like
playing in sports, some rules can only be learned
by playing. Even experienced players commit faults
every once in a while, BTW.

The process maybe slow. However, if you compare
China with 10 years ago, you can see the progress.
They did join WTO, after all. To look at the trend
today, maybe "join them" is a better option for
a lot of US business.

Is it bad for US jobs? You bet, for the short term.
But in the long run, I think everyone's a winner.
Again let me use 70's history. Japanese did
dominate memory market. But Intel switched to micro-
processors! Who ended up better off today?
Everyone - we have better and cheaper memories and
computers.

It would worry me that the Chinese and Indians
would dominate in innovations. Maybe that's the part
we should focus on.

Just my 2 cents, thanks.
From The Founder
Light Reading sits down at CES with the head of Cisco's service provider video business, Conrad Clemson, to discuss how NFV and cloud security relate to video, the challenge of managing 4K/8K traffic, the global expansion of Netflix and virtual reality.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Documentaries
All Change in Video

2|11|16   |   33:12   |   (0) comments


At this moderated panel at 2020 Vision in Dublin, Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader of Light Reading, sits down with Jeff Finkelstein, director of network architecture at Cox Communications, to discuss the rapidly changing video market.
LRTV Custom TV
Hosting in Ireland, Past & Present

2|10|16   |   16:07   |   (0) comments


Garry Connolly, president of Host in Ireland, presents the keynote at Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Dublin.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
What's Hot in Mobile Commerce?

2|10|16   |   12:18   |   (1) comment


Claire Maslen, financial services relationship manager at the GSMA, talks about the development of the digital commerce sector and the types of relationships that mobile operators are developing to further their m-commerce strategies.
LRTV Documentaries
EANTC Tests Nokia IP Routing & Mobile Gateway VNFs for Real World Deployment

2|9|16   |   5:08   |   (1) comment


Nokia obtained validation of its virtualized router and virtualized mobile gateway capabilities through rigorous testing performed by EANTC. The results set a new industry benchmark for outstanding performance, scalability, resiliency and manageability. Nokia VNFs are ready for telco cloud deployment, so that service providers can accelerate mobile, business and ...
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Level 3's Jack Waters

2|8|16   |   26:15   |   (1) comment


Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders sits down with Level 3 Communications' CTO Jack Waters to discuss hot topics like virtualization, 4K and the future of telecom...
LRTV Custom TV
The Composable Telco

2|8|16   |   24:46   |   (0) comments


Heavy Reading's Principal Analyst Caroline Chappell presents the keynote at Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Dublin.
LRTV Custom TV
Join Us at the Digital Operations Transformation Summit

2|4|16   |   03:52   |   (0) comments


The Digital Operations Transformation Summit on February 21, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Barcelona Fira Centre will bring together 50 senior executives to engage in a unique debate on the opportunities and challenges presented by the transformative evolving digital landscape. RSVP now at events@lightreading.com.
LRTV Custom TV
Making the Test: ADVA Ensemble Connector vs. Open vSwitch

2|4|16   |   01:28   |   (0) comments


Light Reading, in partnership with EANTC, recently tested ADVA's Ensemble Connector, which replaces open vSwitch and offers carrier-grade capability and interoperability. The test results strengthen ADVA's credibility as a provider in the virtualization space.
LRTV Custom TV
Bridging the Gap Between PoCs & Deployment in NFV

2|4|16   |   31:50   |   (0) comments


Charlie Ashton of Wind River presents the keynote at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Dublin.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Mike Aquino

2|3|16   |   17:34   |   (0) comments


The former CEO of Overture Networks, Mike Aquino, discusses why truly open virtualization solutions provide service providers with the greatest choice.
Shades of Ray
MWC: Buckle Up for 5G & the IIoT

2|2|16   |   02:28   |   (0) comments


This year's Mobile World Congress looks set to be a 5G land grab and a chance to get down and dirty with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – but what will the 5G discussions actually be about?
LRTV Custom TV
Case Study: Building China's Next-Gen TV Networks

2|2|16   |   5:01   |   (0) comments


With over 2 billion viewers worldwide, Shenzhen Media Group is one of China's largest content producers. By partnering with Huawei and Sobey, SZMG was able to modernize media operations with the Converged News Center, a production studio that is a model for next-generation workflows.
Upcoming Live Events
March 10, 2016, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 5, 2016, The Ritz Carlton, Charlotte, NC
May 23, 2016, Austin, TX
May 24-25, 2016, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
Google's 5G Radio Ambitions Are Expanding
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 2/5/2016
Cincinnati Bell Joins Weight Watchers Club
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 2/5/2016
Yahoo & Verizon Sitting in a Tree...
Brian Santo, Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading, 2/8/2016
Vodafone: Flexible Work Policies Boost Profits
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 2/8/2016
It's Time to Integrate OTT Video
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 2/8/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders sits down with Level 3 Communications' CTO Jack Waters to discuss hot topics like virtualization, 4K and the future of telecom...
The former CEO of Overture Networks, Mike Aquino, discusses why truly open virtualization solutions provide service providers with the greatest choice.
Animals with Phones
Retro Is the Way to Be Click Here
Some animals are too cute for smartphones.
Live Digital Audio

Broadband speeds are ramping up across Europe as the continent, at its own pace, follows North America towards a gigabit society. But there are many steps to take on the road to gigabit broadband availability and a number of technology options that can meet the various requirements of Europe’s high-speed fixed broadband network operators. During this radio show we will look at some of the catalysts for broadband network investments and examine the menu of technology options on offer, including vectoring and G.fast for copper plant evolution and the various deployment possibilities for FTTH/B.