EDA vendor sues China's ZTE, alleges software piracy
8/5/2010 2:00 AM EDT
In the complaint filed Wednesday, AWR alleges that ZTE has over the course of several years obtained and used AWR software without authorization. It alleges that ZTE has obtained AWR software through AWR's website after registering and agreeing to use the software only for evaluation purposes and obtained authorized software keys, then circumvented protections within the software.
The complaint also alleges that ZTE has obtained unauthorized versions of AWR tools "on websites and through Internet service providers known to traffic in illegal content."
ZTE owns no legal copies of AWR software, according to the complaint. But the complaint alleges that AWR has discovered unauthorized copies of its software on over 40 computers belonging to ZTE or using Internet protocol addresses registered to ZTE. The software on the ZTE computers has been used nearly 300 times, which AWR believes represents only a fraction of unauthorized uses, according to the complaint.
AWR has also discovered that some of the unauthorized ZTE users have over time upgraded the version of AWR software they use, according to the complaint.
The complaint also alleges that at least 14 ZTE employees attended AWR software seminars in China and that they "asked AWR representatives sophisticated questions regarding the AWR software that only experienced users would know how to ask." During one of the seminars, a ZTE employee indicated to AWR that ZTE intended to use AWR software on an upcoming project, according to the complaint.
AWR attempted to resolve the matter with ZTE prior to filing the complaint Wednesday but was unable to do so, according to the complaint.
AWR's suit seeks an injunction restraining ZTE from using unauthorized versions of the AWR software and unspecified monetary damages.