I have litigated cases for more than 20 years now and it still amazes me the confidence the other side shows even when they do not have a case to stand on. Makes you wonder what they know that you do not. And most of the time it is not a dang thing.
Here, the patent office decision will be appealed by Cisco and will run its course in the appellate process.
And again, one of the patents at issue expires next year, so who really cares.
That is not to say it cannot be a continual thorn in the side. But the trial on the patents in California, will not start until next year from the latest information that I heard. And it will be a jury trial. And even if Cisco wins, Arista will post a bond, and it will be appealed for another year or two. It will be the same old same old, and by the time it is done it will all be old technology anyways.
Cisco is litigating these issues to the hilt because Arista is the first company in its history to ever successfully challenge and eclipse Cisco. In 100gb switches, Arista is now #1. Arista also has technology that makes it utterly disruptive to certain routing technologies, that are of course Cisco’s other main industry besides switches.
Besides that, to the former CEO and Chairman this was personal, as one of his protégés is the CEO of Arista, and the still actively working with Arista founder worked with Cisco for many years as well, not to mention that Arista is actively recruiting Cisco employees from some of their more innovative teams and doing so successfully.
So Cisco has reasons to litigate this all the way into the ground and then some. The law firms it employs are welcome to do so, as they are big law firms, and big law firms have associates that they smash into the ground at $300-$500 an hour for enormous profit, and little regard to the associates as human beings. So why not from both ends. The expense is nil for Cisco since they have more than $40 billion in revenues. It is a larger nuisance for Arista, but has not stopped ARista from gathering more than a billion dollars, and most of it from cash flow, and continuing to take marketshare and innovating, and all with less than 10% of revenues for sales and marketing, 25% for R&D, and a smidgen, relatively speaking for litigation, although it is a continual distraction. It is one Arista has gotten use ot as the cost of doing business.