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Citrix And VMware Settle Avi Networks Dispute

January 15, 2020 / Joseph Tsidulko

The industry's leading virtualization technology vendors—VMware and Citrix—have finalized a settlement that will avoid further litigation stemming from VMware's recent acquisition of Avi Networks. The two companies have “resolved the litigation” without taking their patent-infringement dispute to trial, confirmed Tony Gomes, Citrix executive vice president and chief legal officer. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. When it closed its deal for Santa Clara-based Avi Networks this past summer, VMware also assumed ownership of a pending lawsuit from a rival with whom a once-bitter rivalry had thawed in recent years. Last month, Citrix signaled a desire to resolve the matter, crediting VMware's ownership of the startup as the motivation for its change in tack.