Marimba sues Novadigm for patent infringement

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Marimba Inc. yesterday announced that it has sued Novadigm Inc., alleging that the company has infringed on Marimba's patent for its software distribution technology.

In the lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in San Jose, Marimba seeks treble damages and an injunction to prevent Novadigm from making or selling products that infringe on the patent, according to a Marimba statement. Marimba is based in Mountain View, Calif.; Novadigm is in Mahwah, N.J.

Marimba was issued the patent, titled "Method for the Distribution of Code and Data Updates," July 6, the company said.

"Novadigm is attempting to enter Marimba's market space in any way possible, including using Marimba's own patented technology and ideas to compete with Marimba," said Kim Polese, Marimba's president and CEO, in the statement.

The company, which made a name for itself with its "push" technology, wouldn't comment further on the lawsuit, spokeswoman Suzan Woods said.

Novadigm couldn't be reached for comment.

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