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HP Sues SBC Over Network Storage Patents

Law360 (August 17, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Facing growing threats against its lucrative network storage business, computer maker Hewlett Packard dealt a pre-emptive strike with a lawsuit against telecom giant SBC Communications, which holds valuable patents related to the systems.

After years of licensing demands from SBC Laboratories Inc., California-based HP struck first, filing for declaratory judgment in U.S. District Court for Delaware. The complaint requests five SBC patents be ruled invalid. The technology in question, known as Storage Area Networks (SAN), provides consumers on networks with rapid access to data on networked...
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