Showing posts with label Patents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Patents. Show all posts

Monday, August 6, 2018

Arista to pay $400M to Cisco, resolving patent dispute

Cisco and Arista reached a settlement resolving their long-running patent dispute.

Under the deal, Arista will pay $400 million to Cisco, and Cisco agrees not to assert against Arista patents that were included in the litigation as long as Arista shall continue to implement workarounds it had put in place to certain of those patents.

In an SEC 8-K filing, Cisco also said Arista agreed to make certain changes to the user interfaces of its products.

The parties also to use an arbitration process to resolve any further patent infringement claims for the next three years, and not to bring to an action against the other for patent or copyright (except for any claims of source code misappropriation) infringement for the next five years.


Cisco Hits Arista with Multiple Patent Lawsuit

Cisco filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Arista Networks, claiming that a dozen key switching features covered by 14 different U.S. patents held by Cisco were copied.

In a blog post, Mark Chandler, General Counsel at Cisco, writes that none of these features are incorporated in industry standards andy were patented by individuals who worked for Cisco and are now at Arista, or who at Cisco worked with executives who are now at Arista. Specifically, Cisco's complaint cites the following technologies that are incorporated by Arista in their entirety into Arista’s products.

  • System Database (“SysDB”) (Arista uses Cisco’s networking device implementation covered by Cisco Patent No. 7,162,537)
  • Zero-Touch Provisioning (“ZTP”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No. 7,290,164)
  • On Board Failure Logging (“OBFL”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No.7,340,597)
  • Control Plane Policing (“CoPP”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No. 7,224,668)
  • Spanning Tree Loop Guard(Arista uses Cisco’s implementations covered by Cisco Patent Nos. 7,460,492 & 7,061,875 )
  • In-Service System Upgrades (“ISSU”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation described by Cisco Patent No. 8,356,296)
  • Virtual Port Channels (“vPC”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No 8,051,211)
  • Access Control ListsImprovements (“ACL”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent Nos. 7,023,853 & 6,377,577)
  • Private Virtual Local Area Networks (“Private VLANs”) (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent Nos. 6,741,592 & 7,200,145)
  • Generic Command Interface (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No. 7,047,526)
  • CLI Command Data Translation (Arista uses Cisco’s implementation covered by Cisco Patent No. 7,953,886)
Furthermore, Chandler argues that "Arista promotes the theft of Cisco’s intellectual property as a key differentiator for Arista versus other Cisco competitors."

Mark Chandler's blog post is here:
http://blogs.cisco.com/news/protecting-innovation

A copy of the complaint is posted here:
http://www.slideshare.net/Cisco/cisco-patent-complaint-against-arista

Monday, May 14, 2018

OFS cleared in patent claim involving optical fiber coatings

OFS Fitel prevailed over DSM Desotech, a Dutch company, in patent infrigement case heard by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC).

The final determination cleared OFS, a manufacturer of optical fiber products, of all allegations that OFS optical fiber and the coating used on that fiber violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended.  The Final Determination found that all claims asserted by DSM at the ITC are invalid.

Dr. Timothy F. Murray, CEO and Chairman of OFS said: "We were surprised to be charged with patent infringement based on the use of coatings to make optical fiber by DSM, a foreign coatings manufacturer who supplies cable coating products to OFS and has been a supplier of fiber coatings in the past.  It is a measure of the strength of our US system of commercial and intellectual property law that foreign companies come to this country to seek just treatment. We appreciate the diligence and care taken by the ITC to hear and understand the arguments of both parties in delivering this ruling. The invalidation of the claims in the patents asserted by DSM is a cautionary note to those who attempt to use unsupportable positions to threaten action."

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Nokia and Huawei sign patent license agreement

Nokia signed a multi-year patent license agreement with Huawei. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Nokia said it would begin seeing revenue in Q4 2017, including an element of non-recurring catch-up revenue.

"Huawei is one of China's largest companies and is among the world's leading smartphone manufacturers and we are delighted to welcome them to our family of patent licensees," said Maria Varsellona, chief legal officer at Nokia.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

NTT DOCOMO licenses its IP to Samsung

NTT DOCOMO has granted a patent license to Samsung Electronics Co. covering DOCOMO's standard-essential patents. Samsung will pay an undisclosed licensing fee to DOCOMO.

DOCOMO confirmed that it has now granted standard-essential patent licenses to more than 30 companies. The company said its R&D and patent licensing covers mobile-network and service technologies for systems based on the W-CDMA, LTE, LTE-Advanced and to-be-standardized 5G standards.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dispute Intensifies between Apple and Qualcomm

Qualcomm reported that it has been informed by Apple that Apple is withholding payments to its contract manufacturers for the royalties those contract manufacturers owe under their licenses with Qualcomm for sales during the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Qualcomm's statement:

“Apple is improperly interfering with Qualcomm’s long-standing agreements with Qualcomm’s licensees,” said Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm.  “These license agreements remain valid and enforceable.  While Apple has acknowledged that payment is owed for the use of Qualcomm’s valuable intellectual property, it nevertheless continues to interfere with our contracts.  Apple has now unilaterally declared the contract terms unacceptable; the same terms that have applied to iPhones and cellular-enabled iPads for a decade.  Apple’s continued interference with Qualcomm’s agreements to which Apple is not a party is wrongful and the latest step in Apple's global attack on Qualcomm.  We will continue vigorously to defend our business model, and pursue our right to protect and receive fair value for our technological contributions to the industry.”

http://www.qualcomm.com

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Arista Wins in Copyright Case Versus Cisco

A U.S. jury in the Northern District of California has found that Arista is not liable for copyright infringement related to Arista’s use of a small number of commands similar to those found in Cisco’s Command Line Interface (CLI), and does not owe damages to Cisco.

“We would like to thank the jurors and Judge Freeman for their tireless efforts. Today’s verdict represents an important victory not only for Arista but for the entire industry,” said Marc Taxay, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Arista.

http://www.arista.com


Cisco Confirms Import Ban for Infringing Arista Products


In a blog posting, Cisco's Mark Chandler confirmed that the office of the U.S. Trade Representative has stated that the International Trade Commission’s import ban and cease and desist order covering all Arista products that infringed three core Cisco patents is now in effect. In the statement, Chandler said Cisco is prepared to bring an enforcement action if Arista violates the ban and continues to sell or support infringing products. http://blogs.cisco.com/news/protecting-innovation-facing-the-facts Cisco...


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Symantec Files Patent Complaint Against Zscaler

Symantec has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Zscaler, asserting violation of seven Symantec patents across a variety of network security technologies including web security, data loss prevention, threat prevention, access control and antivirus techniques. This lawsuit is based on U.S. Patent Nos. 6,279,113; 7,203,959; 7,246,227; 7,392,543; 7,735,116; 8,181,036; and 8,661,498.

https://www.symantec.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/2016/symantec_1212_01

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rivada Granted Patent for Self-Triangulation Technology

Rivada Networks has been awarded US Patent 14/961,088: “Enhanced Location-Based Services using a single device with pseudo location positioning for improved 3D positioning”, which allows a mobile or iOT device to improve its position by, in effect, triangulating its location on itself.

Rivada said that unlike traditional triangulation, its method is not dependent on other devices. The patent also enables to location software to work on much lower power consumption than alternative LBS technologies, and has the potential to dramatically improve the battery life of mobile devices.

The technology has the potential to significantly change problems with battery drainage,  says:

“Location based technologies at present consume battery power at an alarming rate, which renders their use in a disaster situation difficult. At times like that, when location services are essential, and power hard to come by, a solution which is more accurate and less power-intensive will be vital," stated Rivada Networks Chief Scientist Clint Smith.

“Our patented technology will also improve the accuracy of the service. E-LBS, as patented by Rivada Networks, allows location to be identified precisely in three dimensions. By triangulating off the device’s own previous estimates of its location, we are able to triangulate the precise location of a device in all three dimensions with tremendous accuracy."

https://www.rivada.com/


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cisco Confirms Import Ban for Infringing Arista Products

In a blog posting, Cisco's Mark Chandler confirmed that the office of the U.S. Trade Representative has stated that the International Trade Commission’s import ban and cease and desist order covering all Arista products that infringed three core Cisco patents is now in effect.

In the statement, Chandler said Cisco is prepared to bring an enforcement action if Arista violates the ban and continues to sell or support infringing products.

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/protecting-innovation-facing-the-facts

Cisco Prevails over Arista in Patent Case


Cisco has prevailed in a long-running patent dispute with Arista (the '944 case). On Thursday, the International Trade Commission issued a Final Determination that Arista’s products infringe three Cisco patents. Two of the patents cover Cisco’s private VLAN network security technology which Arista included in its switches. The third covers Cisco’s proprietary core SysDB technology. Additional court ruling are expected in the coming months for a...


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Nokia and Samsung Expand Patent Cross License

Nokia and Samsung agreed to expand their patent cross license deal beyond the scope of the arbitration agreement between the two companies that was announced in February 2016.

The new agreement expands access for each company to patented technologies of the other and reinforces Nokia's leadership in technologies for the programmable world. With this expansion, Nokia expects a positive impact to the net sales of Nokia Technologies starting from the third quarter of 2016.

With this expanded agreement, Nokia Technologies' annualized net sales related to patent and brand licensing is expected to grow to a run rate of approximately EUR 950 million by the end of 2016.

"With intellectual property portfolios from Nokia Technologies, Nokia Networks and Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia has a wealth of technologies relevant to mobile devices and beyond," said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. "We welcome this expanded agreement with Samsung which recognizes the strength of our assets, and we continue to pursue new licensing opportunities across a number of diverse industries."

http://www.nokia.com

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cisco Prevails over Arista in Patent Case

Cisco has prevailed in a long-running patent dispute with Arista (the '944 case).

On Thursday, the International Trade Commission issued a Final Determination that Arista’s products infringe three Cisco patents. Two of the patents cover Cisco’s private VLAN network security technology which Arista included in its switches. The third covers Cisco’s proprietary core SysDB technology.

Additional court ruling are expected in the coming months for a different group of patents covered by a second ITC investigation (the ‘945 Investigation). A further trial covering patent and copyright infringement is expected in November.

In a blog post, Mark Chandler, General Counsel at Cisco, writes the ITC remedies include an exclusion order, which would ban all Arista switches and their components from importation into the U.S., and a cease and desist order blocking them from building infringing products in the US that are comprised of any imported components.

Arista has as much as acknowledged the infringement of the Private VLAN patents, announcing that they will discontinue the private VLAN feature “for now,” belying their claim that they had developed workarounds.  The remedies also include a cease and desist order prohibiting the marketing, sale, and distribution of infringing Arista switches in the U.S. These orders are scheduled to go into effect at the end of the Presidential Review Period on August 23, 2016. Arista made much of the fact that it had challenged the validity of Cisco’s patents. Arista did not challenge the validity of the Private VLAN patents, however, and the Patent and Trademark Office declined to institute review proceedings on six claims in the SysDB patent which the ITC found infringed.

For its part, Arista noted that the ITC ruled in its favor with respect to two of the five patents under investigation (U.S. Patent Nos. 7,290,164 and 7,340,597), finding that two accused Arista features do not infringe the asserted claims. Arista previously announced that it has released a new version of its EOS software containing design-arounds that it believes address the ITC’s findings with respect to the features implicated in the Final Determination. Arista said it intends to seek appropriate regulatory approvals for these design-arounds.

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/final-itc-determination
http://investors.arista.com/company/investors-relations/press-releases/press-release-details/2016/ITC-Issues-Final-Determination-in-944-Investigation/default.aspx


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

MACOM Files Patent Suit Against Infineon over GaN

MACOM Technology Solutions filed a legal claim against Infineon Technologies and International Rectifier (acquired by Infineon in 2015) concerning its rights to use the pioneering and patented gallium nitride on silicon (GaN) technology developed by Nitronex (acquired by MACOM in 2014) in MACOM’s core markets. GaN has potential applications in 4G/LTE and 5G base stations.

http://www.macom.com

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Unwired Planet to Sell Patent and Trademark Assets

Unwired Planet, an intellectual property company focused exclusively on the mobile industry, will sell its  patent and trademark assets to Optis UP Holdings for $30 million in cash and up to an additional $10 million in cash on the second anniversary of the closing of the transactions.

Unwired Plantet claims approximately 2,500 issued and pending US and foreign patents, includes technologies that allow mobile devices to connect to the Internet and enable mobile communications. The portfolio includes patents related to key mobile technologies, including baseband mobile communications, mobile browsers, mobile advertising, push notification technology, maps and location based services, mobile application stores, social networking, mobile gaming, and mobile search.

http://www.unwiredplanet.com/

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ericsson Creates Industry Patent Licensing Platform for IoT

Ericsson has established a platform for licensing of standardized IoT technology to device manufacturers, spanning from autonomous cars to irrigation sensors.

The platform, operated by an independent company, will adopt a revenue sharing model for contributing companies and receive a mandate to license on behalf of the joining patent holders, aiming to simplify access to standardized technology.

The new platform will be headed by Kasim Alfalahi, who will leave his current role as Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Head of IPR & Licensing at Ericsson.

"We are initiating this market place following discussions with both wireless industry players and key players in industry verticals. This platform shows Ericsson's and my personal commitment to provide a solution that works to the benefit of all parts of the ecosystem," stated Alfalahi.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1983359

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cisco vs Arista Ruling from ITC: 3 Patent Violations, 2 Patents Cleared

The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued an initial determination in a patent infringement case brought by Cisco against Arista Networks.

The ruling found that Arista violated three of Cisco's patents: U.S. Patent 7,162,537 (“[E]xternally Managing Router Configuration Data … With A Centralized Database”) (Sysdb) and U.S. Patent Nos. 6,741,592 and 7,200,145 (Private VLANs).

Cisco said the ruling foreshadows an exclusion order banning imports of all Arista switches (implemented after confirmation by the full Commission).

Arista Networks noted that the ruling found that it did not infringe two of five patents being asserted in this case, thus clearing two of the four accused features in its EOS.

Arista said it also intends to fully address the infringement allegations with a new release of EOS available for software download in Q2 2016.

“Our primary focus is the continued supply of products to our customers. We respect the administrative process and the tireless work of the ALJ in this preliminary decision. We strongly believe that we have not infringed any of the patents in the investigation and look forward to the final determination of the full commission in June 2016,” said Marc Taxay, Vice President, General Counsel of Arista Networks.

Cisco filed the ITC complaint against Arista on December 19, 2014.

http://www.arista.com
http://blogs.cisco.com/news/protecting-innovation-itc-initial-determination

Monday, January 25, 2016

Western Digital Acquires 100+ Patents from IBM

Western Digital has acquired more than 100 patent assets from IBM in distributed storage, object storage, and emerging non-volatile memory. The companies also entered into a patent cross-license agreement. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"This agreement reflects our continued focus on innovation and sets the stage for even more rapid advancement and commercialization of new data storage solutions," said Mike Cordano, president and chief operating officer, Western Digital. "We are building on Western Digital and IBM's long-standing relationship and look forward to future collaborations and business opportunities."

http://www.ibm.com
http://www.wd.com

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Polaris Wireless Prevails in Patent Dispute Against TruePosition

Polaris Wireless, which provides high-accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions, prevailed in a patent dispute filed by TruePosition.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. affirmed Polaris’ wins at the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) and District Court. All asserted claims were found to be invalid. The complaint was brought by TruePosition in 2012.

http://www.polariswireless.com


GENBAND Prevails in Patent Dispute with Metaswitch

GENBAND prevailed in a patent dispute with Metaswitch Networks.  A jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has found that Metaswitch infringed on seven GENBAND patents that cover a range of VoIP technology used in session border controllers and integrated softswitches.

https://www.genband.com/media-center/press-releases/jury-finds-metaswitch-infringes-7-genband-voice-over-ip-patents

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ericsson and Huawei Extend Global Patent Deal

Ericsson and Huawei agreed on extending their global patent license agreement.  The deal includes a cross license that covers patents relating to both companies' wireless standard-essential patents (including the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards). Under the agreement, both companies are able to access and implement the other company's standard essential patents and technologies globally.

As part of the renewed agreement, Huawei will make on-going royalty payment based upon actual sales to Ericsson from 2016 and onwards. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.huawei.com
http://www.ericsson.com

Monday, December 21, 2015

Ericsson and Apple Settle Patent Dispute

Ericsson and Apple have signed off on a global patent license agreement, ending a long-running legal dispute in multiple jurisdictions and a case before the U.S. International Trade Commission..  As part of a seven-year agreement, Apple will make an initial payment to Ericsson and, thereafter, will pay on-going royalties. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal includes a cross license that covers patents relating to both companies' standard-essential patents (including the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards), and grants certain other patent rights. In addition, the agreement includes releases that resolve all pending patent-infringement litigation between the companies.

Ericsson did note that the positive effects from the settlement, and alongside the ongoing IPR business with all other licensees, will bring its estimated IPR revenues will amount to SEK 13-14 b.

"We are pleased with this new agreement with Apple, which clears the way for both companies to continue to focus on bringing new technology to the global market, and opens up for more joint business opportunities in the future," said Kasim Alfalahi, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1974964

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