A10 Networks Receives Jury Verdict Finding No Willful Infringement in Patent Lawsuit against Brocade Communications Systems
A10 Networks™ ("A10") announced that on August 6, 2012 a jury in the United States District Court in San Jose, California returned a mixed verdict finding no liability for most of the copyright claims and certain state-law claims and no willful patent infringement, and finding damages of only $1 for the trade-secret claims and interference-with-contract claims. Although the jury found that A10's AX product infringed four patent claims from patents owned by Brocade Communications Systems Inc. ("Brocade" - NASDAQ: BRCD), it awarded less than $2 million total patent damages. The jury did find that 145 lines of A10's implementation of the public "Aho-Corasik algorithm" constituted copyright infringement, and assessed $60 million in damages. These lines of code were removed from A10's product last year. The jury rejected Brocade's claim that A10's current source code infringed Brocade's copyright. None of A10's employees was found liable for any of Brocade's intellectual property claims.
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