Siemens files lawsuit against company it claims illegally downloaded software

Kelly Holleran Sep. 4, 2014, 4:14pm

A software manufacturing company has filed suit against a business it says is utilizing the company's software without a license.

Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software, of Plano, says it developed a product called NX 8, which assists with product design, manufacturing and simulation. 

At some point, Siemens alleges it discovered BTL Machine, of Corona, Calif., was using its NX 8 software without permission, thus infringing on Siemens' copyrights, according to the complaint filed Aug. 5 in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

In October 2013, Siemens contacted BTL and requested that it cease its illegal activities, the suit states.

In its complaint, Siemens is seeking an injunction preventing BTL from using or downloading any of Siemens' software unless BTL has a lawful license. It also seeks statutory damages, actual damages, an accounting of the use of the copyrighted material, an accounting of any revenues and profits, enhanced damages, costs, attorneys' fees and other relief that the court deems just.

Robert R. Riddle, Adaline J. Hilgard and Roy D. Prather III of Reed Smith in Houston will be representing Siemens.

The U.S. District Court case number is 4:14-cv-506

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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