The chairman of Costa Mesa-based Emulex Corp. charged Thursday that a patent infringement lawsuit filed against his company last week by Digital Equipment Corp. is simply a business ploy dreamed up by Digital to nose out its competitors in the computer peripheral market.
Digital, of Maynard, Mass., is seeking a court order prohibiting Emulex from marketing and selling disk controllers that are compatible with certain Digital computer systems. A disk controller allows computers to "talk" to one another. Digital claims Emulex infringed on seven of its patents.
"Based on our previous analysis, we do not believe these patents to be enforceable, nor do we believe that we are infringing on them," said Fred B. Cox, Emulex chairman. "We plan to conduct a vigorous legal defense."
Cox expressed surprise at Digital's lawsuit and said he views the move as an attempt by Digital "to establish itself as a sole source supplier . . . and definitely not in the best interest of its customers or our industry."