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Cisco says Arista’s redesign moves not good enough

Michael Cooney | April 5, 2017
Cisco v. Arista: Hearing this week highlights ongoing Ethernet switch patent, copyright battle

[For a full read of Arista’s Q4 statements, see Seeking Alpha’s transcript here].

In January Arista said “It is important to understand that CBP has not ruled that Arista’s products infringe. Instead, CBP has expressed concern that its original ruling was incorrect, based on input provided by Cisco. It is equally important to understand that Arista has not yet responded to Cisco’s arguments and has not yet had an opportunity to address any concerns Customs may have as a result of those arguments. We look forward to engaging with CBP in the coming days, and we are confident that CBP will diligently and carefully evaluate the facts, as they have done throughout this process.”

Cisco began its legal proceedings on December 19, 2014 by filing two lawsuits against Arista. One suit is for patent infringement, which charges Arista with violating 14 Cisco patents for 12 features in the Arista EOS operating system. The second suit is for extensive copying of Cisco’s user manuals and command line structures, right down to the grammatical errors within them, Network World wrote at the time.


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