NetApp and Oracle drop patent lawsuits after three-year fight


NetApp and Oracle drop patent lawsuits after three-year fight

Jenny Williams

NetApp and Oracle have agreed to drop pending patent lawsuits against each other.

The lawsuits began in 2007 after NetApp filed a suit against Oracle-owned Sun Microsystem, seeking an injunction against distribution of Sun's Zettabyte File System (ZFS) software and claiming unspecified damages. Oracle and NetApp said they are seeking to have the lawsuits dismissed without prejudice.

"For more than a decade, Oracle and NetApp have shared a common vision focused on providing solutions that reduce IT cost and complexity for thousands of customers worldwide," said Tom Georgens, president and CEO of NetApp.

"Moving forward, we will continue to collaborate with Oracle to deliver solutions that help our mutual customers gain greater flexibility and efficiency in their IT infrastructure."

The terms of the agreement remain confidential.

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