Sun Responds to NetApp Lawsuit

Today Sun filed counterclaims against the entirety of the Network Appliance product line, seeking both injunction and monetary damages. The claims are in response to the patent infringement lawsuit Network Appliance filed against Sun’s ZFS technology, an open source solution that is freely available in the marketplace. 

Sun believes in protecting innovation as well as embracing the open source community. We indemnify our customers and stand behind the innovations we deliver to the market. While Sun believes innovation works better than litigation, when efforts to settle outside of legal action proved ineffective, we had no choice other than to respond with a countersuit. A portion of the proceeds recovered will be dedicated to seed a venture fund promoting and protecting innovation in the open source community as well as to support non-profit causes working for patent reform and software freedom (for example, the PTO’s Peer to Patent initiative and the Software Freedom Law Center).

For more information on the response, visit Jonathan's blog at http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan and our General Counsel Mike Dillon's blog at http://blogs.sun.com/dillon. You can view the filing on our site at www.sun.com/news and we have also created an Open Source Community Support page at www.sun.com/lawsuit/zfs.

If you are interested in what prominent figures in the free software and open source community have to say about the case, check out:

http://www.softwarefreedom.org/news/2007/oct/25/zfs/

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20071025004033835

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