After a year-long battle between Nexsan Technologies Inc. and Dell EMC, a federal judge in Boston has ruled that Dell EMC do not have priority for the name Unity, which both companies are currently using for new hardware technologies. Both the companies are data storage companies.

Nexsan filed the lawsuit last year after it said EMC lawyers wrote the company a letter threatening litigation unless it stopped using the name. Though EMC began using the name ‘Unity’ sporadically during beta testing and pre-marketing presentations in 2015, Nexsan argued that it file an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in March 2016 more than a month ahead of EMC.

The judge confirmed that argument and decided it gave Nexsan priority to use the Unity name.

“It was always going to be a challenge going up against a tech giant,” Ron Bienvenu, Nexsan’s CEO, said in a statement. “Dell acquired EMC last year giving the company even more power and weight. But, Nexsan filed its Unity trademark application first, and so we are extremely pleased today that the court has given Nexsan priority.”

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