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Major Huawei competitors, especially Cisco, have also tried to paint the company as untrustworthy, uneven in its partnering strategy, and unethical. Earlier this week, Mark Chandler, Cisco's general counsel, took to Cisco's corporate blog to needle Huawei over the two companies' long-simmering dispute over intellectual property. Cisco and other companies previously sued Huawei for stealing IP.
"Within a few months of filing suit, Cisco obtained a worldwide injunction against sale by Huawei of our products including our code for a Cisco-proprietary routing protocol called EIGRP, and Huawei publicly admitted that the code had been used in their products and they pledged to stop," Chandler wrote.
That exact litigation was concluded and then covered by a confidentiality agreement, Chandler wrote, but after a Huawei lawyer stated that there "was not any infringement found," Cisco said it intends to set the record straight. Specifically, Chandler said Cisco is waiving confidentiality requirements for the litigation and "suggest[s] that Huawei itself have the expert's complete final report put into the public domain."
"Fair competition, indeed, requires transparency of business practices and a respect for intellectual property rights," he wrote.