Cisco Says Arista's 'Blatant' Copying Merits $335M From Jury

By Dorothy Atkins (December 12, 2016, 11:00 PM EST) -- Cisco Systems Inc. told a California federal jury during closing arguments Monday that rival technology company Arista Networks Inc. owes it up to $335 million for "blatantly" copying its user-interface commands to create its popular computer networking switch products, saying fair use doesn't shield Arista from copyright and patent infringement claims.

Arista advertised its switches to customers by saying they used 99.999 percent of Cisco's user-interface commands, Cisco attorney David Nelson of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP told the eight-member jury. That's not a trivial amount, Nelson said.

".001 percent can't be trivial," Nelson said.

The commands are at the...

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