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Sun Micro Hits Azul With Patent, Trade Secrets Suit

Law360 (May 4, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The patent battle between computer makers Azul Systems Inc. and Sun Microsystems is heating up, with Sun filing a countersuit against Azul alleging patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation.

Azul CEO Stephen DeWitt was originally employed by Sun, but left the company in 2002 to take over at the then-fledgling server maker. Sun alleges that DeWitt violated a non-compete agreement he had signed by recruiting several of his Sun colleagues to build servers at Azul.

“By hiring away key former Sun employees, Azul improperly accessed Sun's...
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