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Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., which makes the routers that direct Internet traffic, has had to do some tricky navigating of its own recently. The Chinese company has been engaged in an ongoing legal battle with software giant Cisco Systems, Inc. In June, a federal district judge in Texas barred Huawei from using or distributing any operating system that either contains or is derived from a specific Cisco source code module. In his preliminary injunction, Judge T. John Ward, who sits in Marshall, Texas, ruled in favor of several, but not all, of Cisco’s complaints. Cisco filed suit against Huawei in January, contending that in producing its Quidway routers, Huawei illegally copied source code, whole portions of Cisco’s user manuals, and other Cisco products. Huawei withdrew its routers from the U.S. market shortly after Cisco filed the suit. The company admitted that one of its source code modules matched Cisco’s, but maintains that the copying was unintentional and that it has stopped using this module in its products. Judge Ward has yet to rule on several patent and trade secret claims that Cisco included in its complaint. A trial on those issues is set for May 2004. For plaintiff Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose) In-house: Vice president and general counsel Mark Chandler, vice president � IP and worldwide patent counsel Robert Barr, and director of legal services Mallum Yen. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (San Francisco): G. Hopkins Guy III, Christopher Ottenweller, and associates Rachel Albright, Todd Briggs, Thomas Gray, and Rowena Young. (All are in the firm’s Menlo Park, California, office.) Orrick has worked with Cisco on patent work since 2000. McKool Smith (Dallas): Sam Baxter, Jeffrey Bragalone, and associate Kristi Thomas. Baxter had worked with Orrick on previous IP litigation. For defendant Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, China) In-house: Chief-legal department Zhang Xuting and chief legal counsel-international legal affairs Chen Shushi. Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe (San Francisco): Lucas Chang, David Harth, Robert Haslam, Stanley Young, and associates Tawen Chang, David Jones, and Michael Markman. (All are in the firm’s Menlo Park office, except Harth, who is in Washington, D.C., and Jones, who is in Madison, Wisconsin.) Lucas Chang had contacts at Huawei; after hearing about the suit and contacting the company, Heller Ehrman participated in a beauty contest. Ireland, Carroll & Kelley (Tyler, Texas): Otis Carroll and associate J. Wesley Hill. Jones & Jones (Marshall, Texas): Franklin Jones, Jr.

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