Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer doesn't expect Symantec's lawsuit to delay Vista, a next version of its Windows operating system.
Asked whether the case would have any effect on the Vista launch, Ballmer told Reuters: "I wouldn't anticipate any, but that will go to the courts now."
Ballmer, speaking in Beijing after a news conference, did not elaborate.
Last week, Symantec sued Microsoft, accusing it of misappropriating trade secrets used in Vista. Symantec is seeking an injunction that would block the further development, sale or distribution of Vista and other products until all Symantec intellectual property is removed.