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Symantec Sues Microsoft Over Storage Technologies

Symantec filed a lawsuit against Microsoft Thursday, charging that the Redmond, Wash. developer stole data storage technologies from Veritas, now owned by Symantec, and integrated them with its operating systems, including the not-yet-released Vista.

According to papers filed with a federal court in Seattle, Symantec seeks an injunction to stop development of Vista and the next version of Microsoft's server software.

Microsoft denied any wrongdoing. "These claims are unfounded because Microsoft actually purchased intellectual property rights for all relevant technologies from Veritas in 2004," the company said in a statement.

The opening of Symantec's complaint read like an overworked thriller.

"Microsoft has deliberately and surreptitiously misappropriated Symantec's valuable data storage technologies, misled and thereby convinced the United States government to issue patents to Microsoft based on technologies invented by Symantec, attempted unsuccessfully to persuade Symantec to forgive Microsoft's misdeeds under the guise of expanding a business relationship, and ultimately built portions of its next generation operating system on this house of cards," the lawsuit began.

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