Jonathan Schwartz, my favourite CEO blogger, goes out and kicks some serious NetApp ass here.
So later this week, we’re going to use our defensive portfolio to respond to Network Appliance, filing a comprehensive reciprocal suit. As a part of this suit, we are requesting a permanent injunction to remove all of their filer products from the marketplace, and are examining the original NFS license – on which Network Appliance was started. By opting to litigate vs. innovate, they are disrupting their customers and employees across the world.
In addition to seeking the removal of their products from the marketplace, we will be going after sizable monetary damages. And I am committing that Sun will donate half of those proceeds to the leading institutions promoting free software and patent reform (in specific, The Software Freedom Law Center and the Peer to Patent initiative), and to the legal defense of free software innovators.
To be fair, NetApp says Sun sued first and they responded. But what I like about the whole saga is the intelligent use of his blog by JS. He manages to convince you that the are all good and NetApps all evil.
Go Jonathan. You rock boy!