Huawei claims it's not backing down, though, and accuses Cisco of using the legal system to "enhance its market position." The Shenzhen, China-based company says it plans to "vigorously" defend itself against Cisco's claims.
Well, good luck to it. If Cisco's claims are true, the suit is comical. Not only does Cisco argue that Huawei's manuals are word-for-word copies of its own, but the networking giant even says Huawei copied its bugs.
Yes, supposedly Huawei's operating software contains the same bugs as Cisco's IOS code. Man, if you're going to pirate, at least squash the bugs to cover your tracks!
The allegations don't stop there, of course. Cisco's case goes far beyond bugs and verbatim manuals. But, still, those two parts of the suit have to be the most bizarre.
Cisco filed new court papers just this past Tuesday, too, claiming that Huawei has been attempting to "remove evidence" from the U.S. to prevent a ruling here. Cisco wants a court order requiring Huawei to preserve related evidence.
Huawei has messed with the wrong company, if Cisco's allegations are accurate. It's one thing to want to compete with an 800-pound gorilla. It's another entirely to tick one off.
LouAnn Lofton owns shares of Cisco.