Novell has filed a lawsuit against Wolf Mountain Group, a week after it said its relationship with the breakaway company - set up less than a fortnight ago by two former employees - was friendly.
Wolf Mountain Group was set up last week to provide clustering technologies for Intel?s Pentium Pro and Merced-based servers. Chief executive Eric Schmidt soon began negotiations to discuss ways of keeping the technology inside Novell - including a possible buy-out of the new company.
However, in a U-turn on Tuesday, Novell slapped a lawsuit against the two ex-Novell engineers, Jeff Merkey and Darren Major, and current Novell employee Larry Angus, over breach of contract, misuse of trademark, infringement of intellectual property, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Dominic Storey, director of technology at Novell UK, said it became apparent that the new company was going to compete with Novell after it published on its Web site details of the technology it would use to provide clustering on Intel. ?It meant they would go into competition against Novell and effectively try and build on the code they wrote while at Novell which is an infringement of intellectual copyright,? said Storey. The new company has since been ordered to close down its Web site.
?The guys are not really going to be able to progress. Even the judge who initially looked at the complaint said everything is going for Novell,? said Storey.
Wolf Mountain Group is understood to be about to change its name.
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