Veeam Software has announced a victory over Symantec, with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board issueing final written decisions on four more inter partes reviews in Veeam's favor.
The decisions conclude that all of the remaining patent claims Symantec asserted against Veeam in its second lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Northern California are invalid, thus vindicating Veeam’s innovative approach to delivering availability solutions for the modern data center.
These final written decisions pertain to Symantec’s U.S. Patent Nos. 7,831,861; 7,024,527; 8,117,168 and 7,480,822.
To date, the USPTO has invalidated the asserted claims in a total of seven Symantec patents as being obvious or anticipated by prior art; as earlier in July 2014, the USPTO invalidated the asserted claims in three other Symantec patents (7,093,086; 6,931,558; and 7,191,299), part of the first lawsuit against Veeam.
“These final USPTO decisions mean Symantec can never again assert these patents against Veeam’s products,” said Ratmir Timashev, CEO at Veeam. “We are delighted with the USPTO’s decisions, which are a testament that the U.S. patent system does not protect patents that do not represent authentic innovation.”
These USPTO decisions are the latest triumphs for Veeam in a three-year dispute initiated by Symantec because its legacy physical backup products could not compete with Veeam's innovative approach to delivering availability solutions for the modern data center. Industry giant Symantec, concerned about Veeam's increasing success, initiated two separate lawsuits in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California - the first lawsuit filed in February, 2012 with the second filed in October, 2012 - claiming that Veeam’s products infringed several of Symantec's data storage, restore and backup patents. With these decisions, all of the patent claims Symantec asserted against Veeam have been found either invalid by the USPTO or dropped from the lawsuits by Symantec.