IBM is suing server supplier Platform Solutions for allegedly infringing mainframe software patents.
Platform Solutions develops Intel Itanium-based servers that can run a variety of operating systems, including IBM’s z/OS mainframe OS. The server company plans to sell solutions that support z/OS next year, but IBM said the firm was only entitled to use z/OS and other software as an end-user and not as a supplier.
IBM said it had been accused by Platform Solutions of violating US monopoly laws in refusing to extend a licence agreement to allow the server firm to sell on its software in its own systems.
So far, Platform Solutions has taken no legal action against IBM.
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