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Injunction now permanent in HP-EMC spat

A federal judge makes permanent a preliminary injunction against Hewlett-Packard in a tussle with EMC regarding the name of a storage product.

A federal judge today made permanent a preliminary injunction against Hewlett-Packard in a tussle with EMC regarding a product name.

The preliminary injunction, issued on July 8, barred HP from infringing on trademarks registered to storage maker EMC.

The case arose after HP stopped selling a high-end EMC data storage product and instead began selling a new product from Hitachi Data Systems that had a similar name to the one from EMC.

EMC filed the lawsuit on May 25 in response to new HP storage products introduced 20 days earlier.

HP released the SureStore E Disk Array MC256 to compete against similar products from EMC but referred to it in shorthand as the "E MC256," the suit contended.

Within a week of the preliminary injunction, HP changed the name of the product to the XP256.

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