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Patent Dispute Between NetApp and Oracle Settled
Three-year Litigation Ends with Sun's New Owner
September 15, 2010,
Volume 151, Issue 3

Moving forward, we will continue to collaborate with Oracle to deliver solutions that help our mutual customers gain greater flexibility and efficiency in their IT infrastructures

-- Tom Georgens, NetApp President and CEO
 

The pending patent litigation between Sun Microsystems and NetApp which began in 2007 has been dismissed. NetApp and Oracle, which now owns Sun, are dropping the lawsuits each filed against the other. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

NetApp sued Sun Microsystems in September 2007 claiming that the ZFS technology Sun open sourced in 2005 infringed on NetApp patents. Sun countersued saying that NetApp infringed on 22 of its patents.

With Sun now under the leadership of Oracle, the NetApp dispute has ended. The Sept. 9th announced settlement came with a statement from Tom Georgens, president and CEO of NetApp, who commented: "For more than a decade, Oracle and NetApp have shared a common vision focused on providing solutions that reduce IT cost and complexity for thousands of customers worldwide. Moving forward, we will continue to collaborate with Oracle to deliver solutions that help our mutual customers gain greater flexibility and efficiency in their IT infrastructures."

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