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Raytheon Sues Eight Tech Vendors

Defense contractor Raytheon Co. has filed a federal lawsuit against eight technology companies, alleging that they infringe its seven-year-old "Mass Data Storage Library" patent.

Raytheon filed the lawsuit on Jan. 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, in Marshall, Texas. It names as defendants Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD), Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL), Overland Storage Inc. (Nasdaq: OVRL), Qualstar Corp. (Nasdaq: QBAK), QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QLGC), Ricoh Corp., Spectra Logic Corp., and Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS).

In its complaint, Raytheon asks that the eight companies be ordered to stop selling any infringing products and to pay it for past use of the invention. The company is represented by Vinson & Elkins, a well-known corporate law firm.

At issue is U.S. Patent No. 5,412,791, "Mass Data Storage Library," which was originally granted in May 1995 to E-Systems Inc., a Dallas systems integrator catering to in the defense industry. Raytheon bought E-Systems that same year.

"We became aware of some infringements of the patent, and we're acting to protect our intellectual property," says Raytheon spokeswoman Amy Hosmer. She declined to discuss details of the lawsuit.

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