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Cisco Withdraws Suit Against Huawei

Cisco has dropped its intellectual property suit against Huawei. The move comes eight months after the rival network equipment makers agreed to try and resolve the dispute without a trial.

Huawei pledged to abide by the terms of the preliminary injunction and changed certain elements of its router and switch products, including command line interface, user manuals, help screens and portions of its source code.

An independent expert has verified Huawei's compliance, and the company will only sell new, modified products going forward, according to Cisco. The stipulations also apply to Huawei's subsidiaries, Huawei America and FutureWei Technologies.

"We are pleased to conclude the litigation as a result of the steps that were taken to address our concerns," Mark Chandler, Cisco's general counsel, said in a statement.

3Com , which intervened in the lawsuit because it operates a joint venture with Huawei, also signed off on the pact.

A 3Com spokesman said the company "looks forward to continue competing on the merits of the products from its joint venture with Huawei."

Cisco initially sued in January, claiming Huawei and its subsidiaries had used proprietary source code and cribbed user and help manuals.

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas granted Cisco a temporary injunction barring Huawei from using the disputed intellectual property in any of its products anywhere in the world. Huawei had already voluntarily withdrawn the offending Quidway products from the U.S. market.

Huawei is privately held and sells most of its equipment in Asia.