Cisco's IP Defense In Antitrust Suit 'Insane,' Arista Says

By Dorothy Atkins (September 7, 2017, 6:15 PM EDT) -- Arista Networks Inc. urged a California federal judge Thursday to let it proceed with allegations that Cisco violated antitrust laws by interfering with sales of ethernet switches, calling "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane" Cisco's defense that the case was barred by an ITC ruling that Arista had infringed Cisco patents.

Arista's Matthew Douglas Powers of Tensegrity Law Group LLP told U.S. District Judge Freeman that the technology described in Cisco Systems Inc.'s patents only applies to specific parts of Arista's switches and doesn't prohibit Arista from selling ethernet switch products altogether.

If Arista's technology infringes Cisco patents, Arista can pay Cisco...

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