Novell has won a permanent injunction against use or disclosure of its trade secrets by a group of former employees, ending 16 months of bitter recriminations.
Timpanogas Research Group (TRG) was set up by three former Novell clustering developers in April 1997, but was soon sued by the networking giant for breach of contract, misuse of trademark, infringement of intellectual property, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
At issue was the knowledge gained by the engineers while they worked on Novell's clustering initiative, Wolf Mountain. Although the two companies initially claimed the technologies would be complementary, it became that TRG would challenge Novell's product - and even used its name for a while.
After Novell won its first injunction last February, TRG chief executive Jeff Merkey described the move as "intellectual slavery".
But in a new statement that appears on both companies' Web sites, Merkey says: "I mistakenly believed that, because we had developed certain technology while employed by Novell, we could take elements of that technology with us when we left. We have learned that the law does not work that way."
David Bradford, Novell's general counsel, said: "It has never been our desire to prevent anyone from working in their careers. We have resolved this dispute to Novell's satisfaction."
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