Networking giant Cisco is suing a Chinese competitor for allegedly copying its technology.
Cisco has claimed that networking manufacturer Huawei copied its software, documentation and other materials, and infringed its patents.
According to the charges brought by Cisco, Huawei copied portions of its IOS source code and included the technology in its operating system for its Quidway routers and switches. Cisco also claims that Huawei copied technical documentation and its Command Line Interface software.
Five Cisco patents related to routing protocols were also allegedly infringed by Huawei, which went on to include these technologies in its Quidway routers and switches.
Maintaining that it did not enter into legal action lightly, Cisco said in a statement: "Huawei has unlawfully copied Cisco's intellectual property and refused Cisco's numerous attempts to resolve these issues."
According to Reuters, Huawei has refused to comment on the allegations but said it respects intellectual property rights, and is working with legal advisers to resolve the matter.
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