Software firm Hilgraeve is suing both the warring anti-virus software companies, McAfee and Symantec, for pirating its code.
Hilgraeve - a comms and anti-virus tool developer, whose chief claim to fame is licensing Hyper Terminal to Microsoft for its operating systems - alleges it was the first to develop a technology that searches for viruses in transmitted data. It claims both competitors violated this patent.
President Matt Gray said Hilgraeve owns the process and has resorted to legal action after its claims were ignored. He gave no more details about the action but sources said it could be linked to recent moves in the long running McAfee and Symantec legal battle. Last month, both admitted taking code from the public domain to use in their anti-virus packages.
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