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Mobile VPN Rivals Merge

Security startup NetMotion Wireless Inc. and rival Padcom Inc. said this morning that they will merge, which the companies estimate will give them around 40 percent share of the mobile VPN market.

On the face of it the merger may seem unusual, since the firms have been in court battling over patent claims for some time. Padcom won an infringement suit against its former rival in March. (See Jury Backs Padcom Suit.)

The startups say, however, that the time in court first opened them up to the possibility of a merger. "The lawsuit was certainly a motivation," John Knopf, senior product manager at NetMotion says. "We decided we could best use our energies together."

Read more about the deal over at Dark Reading.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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