Light Reading

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
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.
Flash Poll
From The Founder
The Swedish vendor has undergone a significant transformation during the past few years, adjusting to the demands of next-generation communications companies.
LRTV Documentaries
The 3GPP's Road to 5G Standardization

4|17|15   |   4:43   |   (0) comments


Satoshi Nagata, chairman of the 3GPP's TSG-RAN group and a manager at NTT Docomo, explains the standardization process for 5G, as well as the biggest challenges and opportunities.
LRTV Documentaries
AlcaLu CTO Makes the Case for a New 5G Air Interface

4|16|15   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


Michael Peeters, CTO of wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, explains why 5G will require a new air interface to meet its diverse performance targets.
LRTV Documentaries
AlcaLu + Nokia: The New Uber-Vendor

4|15|15   |   2:42   |   (4) comments


Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Gabriel Brown discusses the technological and competitive opportunities and challenges if a merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia comes to pass.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Data Center Power Play

4|15|15   |   6:22   |   (0) comments


Huawei has developed industry-leading energy efficiency capabilities for its indoor and outdoor data center solutions, explains Dr. Fang Liangzhou, vice president of Huawei's Network Energy product Line.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Routers, Switches Get the Green Mark

4|15|15   |   2:02   |   (0) comments


TUV Rheinland's Frank Dudley explains how Huawei's routers and switches have been successfully tested by energy efficiency experts and have gained Green Mark Certification.
LRTV Documentaries
A Finn, a Frenchman & a Guy From New Jersey Walk Into a Merger...

4|15|15   |   3:17   |   (0) comments


Stop us if you've heard this one before... Light Reading CEO Founder & CEO Steve Saunders weighs in on the technical and cultural implications of a Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent merger.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accounting for Better Solutions

4|10|15   |   02:31   |   (1) comment


Murad Yousuf, CTO at Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Zakat & Income Tax), talks about the benefits of deploying router technology from Huawei.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
What's in Store for Huawei & DataCore?

4|10|15   |   05:44   |   (0) comments


At the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany, George Teixeira, CEO of software-defined storage (SDS) specialist DataCore Software, explains why he has just signed a partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Du Puts Its Faith in Huawei's Routers

4|9|15   |   3:42   |   (0) comments


Adnan Masood, director of Enterprise MS Solutions Marketing at du, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) operator also known as Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, explains why his company chose to use Huawei's multifunctional AR routers as part of its managed enterprise services.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Gets Active in the Data Center

4|9|15   |   3:17   |   (0) comments


With enterprise users looking to maximize the use of their data center assets, Huawei’s Chief Architect & Technical Director of IT Data Center Solutions, Bruce Su, explains how the company's six-layer active-active data center solution is eradicating the need to deploy passive, redundant data center assets.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Blue Consult & Huawei for a Better Solution

4|8|15   |   4:01   |   (0) comments


Martin Rott, CEO, and Marc Metzler, head of sales virtualization, from Germany's Blue Consult discuss their collaboration with Huawei and TrendMicro to develop a secure, scalable IT platform that can meet the needs of the most demanding enterprise users.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Beach Petroleum on eLTE & Mining

4|8|15   |   3:09   |   (0) comments


Network systems integrator Jeremy Hamlyn explains how Huawei's secure packet-based trunking communications system, eLTE, can help remote communities and companies in the mining, oil and gas sectors, deploy efficient communications networks that are perfect for video and data as well as voice.
Upcoming Live Events
May 5, 2015, Hyatt McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
May 6, 2015, Georgia World Congress, Atlanta, GA
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Network Instruments, a JDSU division, shares results from its 2015 State of the Network, a global survey on security.
Hot Topics
Verizon Scores New OTT Content Deals
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 4/16/2015
Can WiFi Calling Find Its Voice?
Iain Morris, News Editor, 4/13/2015
Senator Proposes New 'Title X' for Net Neutrality
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/13/2015
Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent in Merger Talks
Iain Morris, News Editor, 4/14/2015
Nokia & Alcatel-Lucent: What's Going On?
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 4/15/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Data Center Interconnect, or DCI, is one of the hottest sectors in telecom currently. Since coming back to Light Reading last year, prodigal-son style, I've ...
LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures.
Cats with Phones
Steve's Phone Click Here
Steve Saunders's personal phone.