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Arista wins big in latest court patent case go-around over Cisco

Michael Cooney | Dec. 16, 2016
Parts of Cisco’s Command Line Interface at question in this component of the lawsuit

At the time Arista stated the company’s current products which contain redesigned software -- Extensible Operating System (4.16 or later) are not within the scope of the limited exclusion order issued by the United States International Trade Commission in Investigation No. 337-TA-944 and therefore may be imported into the United States.

“These patented technologies are required to improve the operation of networking products, and to protect the control plane of a router or switch. These are core switch functionalities, and are included in Arista’s entire line of switches. Once again, Arista’s customers will need to bear the risk associated with any import ban and cease and desist orders,” said Chandler in a blog post about the ruling.

For its part Taxay said the Arista “strongly believes that its products do not infringe any of the patents under investigation and “looks forward to presenting our case to the full Commission.”

The judge also found no infringement of four other patents Cisco originally asserted in the case, Arista stated.

“Arista intends to request a review of the full Commission of the [judge’s] findings. If granted, the full Commission is expected to issue a final determination on this matter in April 2017. While still subject to review, Arista intends to fully address the infringement findings with design-arounds for its products,” Taxay said in a statement.

 

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