Trade Agency Ruling in Cisco Favor, Against ANET

Via Reuters:

Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc won a key victory in a sprawling legal battle with rival Arista Networks Inc on Thursday as the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Arista infringed three of Cisco’s patents with its ethernet switches used in computer data centers and servers.

The trade commission upheld a finding of infringement by a U.S. trade judge in February. The ITC, which investigates complaints of violations of U.S. intellectual property, also recommended an import ban against Arista’s products that infringe the patents.

The ITC’s ruling must now be reviewed by the U.S. Trade Representative, who can approve or disapprove of the commission’s orders.

Read the entire article at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cisco-systems-arista-netwo…

In my admittedly limited understanding of the case, this can still be appealed but its a major step forward towards an ultimate Cisco legal victory.

I believe I have also seen others post here before that ANET is well prepared for this outcome and that it might not affect their ultimate operations and profit that much. Just passing on the news…

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Sorry, bad link. This should work: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cisco-systems-arista-netwo…

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