& 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
Either we perform a complete 'factory reset' on the way the telecom industry creates and deploys virtualization, or we face the consequences.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Mobile Operators & Video

4|25|17   |     |   (0) comments


Ovum's Ed Barton discusses the latest mobile operator strategies for mobile video.
LRTV Custom TV
Infinera Introduces Instant Network

4|20|17   |     |   (1) comment


Mike Capuano, vice president of marketing at Infinera, discusses the advancement from Instant Bandwidth to new Instant Network capabilities, which include Bandwidth License Pools, Moveable Licenses and Automated Capacity Engineering (ACE).
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Vodafone's Eubank on Sponsors, Mentors & Moving On Up

4|19|17   |   4:25   |   (0) comments


Vodafone America's Head of Operations Kimberly Eubank breaks down the difference between a sponsor and a mentor and shares why both made a big difference in her career.
LRTV Custom TV
NYC Auto Show: Are We Smart Yet?

4|18|17   |     |   (0) comments


The auto industry is facing some big transformations as electric vehicles, autonomous technology and connected cars are seen as the future of the industry. During the much-anticipated NY international auto show, there was an emergence of new technology and mobility service on the show floor. Aside from performance, brands like Lincoln, Hyundai, Honda, Mercedes and ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Impact of Video

4|18|17   |     |   (0) comments


David Mercer from Strategy Analytics discusses the impact of video on current strategies.
LRTV Custom TV
Pardeep Kohli Discusses Network Transformation & the Market Opportunity for the 'New' Mavenir Systems

4|13|17   |     |   (0) comments


In a brief discussion at MWC 2017, Heavy Reading analyst Adi Kishore talks to Pardeep Kohli, CEO, Mavenir Systems about the creation of the 'new Mavenir' and some of the key challenges facing operators in today's market. A key theme of the discussion centers around operator need for software-only, virtualized solutions and how they will need to adapt to ...
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Tech Maverick Shares Her Tips for Gender Inclusivity

4|12|17   |   7:28   |   (0) comments


Wendy Hall Bohling, a corporate escapee, author and gender exclusivity consultant, tells her story of sexism, bias and progress along the road to gender equality in the workforce.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei at MWC 2017

4|11|17   |     |   (0) comments


At Mobile World Congress 2017, the biggest mobile industry gathering of the year, Huawei showcased its new innovations and solutions with the theme "Open Road," which focuses on cloud, 5G, operation transformation, videos and consumer-oriented products. Its campaign has been recognized by three awards given by GSMA.
LRTV Custom TV
China Telecom NFV Infrastructure on RSD

4|6|17   |     |   (0) comments


Lynn Comp, senior director of market development of Intel, is joined by Chong Zhang, storage engineer at Inspur and Ou Li Yan, architect for technology strategies of China Telecom, for a discussion of what NFV brings.
LRTV Custom TV
Nokia's IMPACT Software Demo

4|6|17   |     |   (0) comments


Khamis Abulgubein of IoT market development at Nokia demonstrates IMPACT (intelligent management platform for all connected things), a software solution with a horizontal approach to managing any device on any application.
LRTV Custom TV
Nokia Introduces Virtual Service Router for More Rapid Service

4|6|17   |     |   (0) comments


James Cumming, product line manager for virtualized service routers at Nokia, demonstrates how the virtual router based off the Nokia ecosystem changes the network function experience.
LRTV Custom TV
The Keys to SD-WAN Success

4|6|17   |     |   (0) comments


Versa Networks CEO Kelly Ahuja talks about the key requirements for service provider-managed SD-WANs.
Upcoming Live Events
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Brazos Hall - Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Time for a Telecom Reboot
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 4/19/2017
Surprise! AT&T Markets 4G Advances as '5G Evolution'
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/25/2017
Did Verizon Outbid AT&T for Straight Path?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/25/2017
First Year TIPs the Scale Toward Success
Denise Culver, 4/24/2017
Unlicensed: It's What's Next for US Mobile Operators
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/19/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
One of the nice bits of my job (other than the teeny tiny salary, obviously) is that I get to pick and choose who I interview for this slot on the Light Reading home ...
TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.