A US District Court judge issued a permanent injunction last week against North Carolina-based Triangle Technology Services, prohibiting the company from using certain EMC-copyrighted software and trade secrets related to EMC's service business. EMC filed a lawsuit against the company in early 2002 after discovering that Triangle Technology Services was using EMC's copyrighted maintenance software, training materials, engineering documents, and other EMC intellectual property without authorization.

The victory comes at a time when EMC is involved in numerous court battles to protect its intellectual property, including lawsuits against rivals Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). EMC hopes the case will send a message to the industry that EMC will vigorously protect its intellectual property. "Over the last 12 years, EMC has made an R&D investment in excess of $3 billion, providing customers with innovative products and services to more cost effectively manage, share, and protect their most critical data. We will do what it takes to protect EMC's intellectual property investment for the benefit of our customers and shareholders," said Paul Dacier, EMC senior vice president and general counsel.

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