Silvaco Data Systems, a small Santa Clara, Calif., software developer, apparently wasn’t satisfied after it forced the now-defunct Circuit Semantics Inc. to stop licensing and maintaining a stolen trade secret in 2003.

Because now, in what legal experts say is a rare move, Silvaco is suing a slew of CSI customers, including Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Agilent Technologies, for using its code.

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