A10 Networks files patent countersuits against Brocade


A10 Networks announced that the company has sued Brocade
Communications Systems for infringing one of its patents in the U.S. District
Court for the Northern District Court of California.  


A10 is also seeking injunctive
relief against further sales of Brocade’s products and services in violation of
A10’s patent rights including Brocade’s FCX Series, FastIron Series, Mobility
Access Points and Mobility Controllers, IronView Network
Managers, and all Brocade Professional Services, including IP Network
Infrastructure Services, IronView Network Manager, and Brocade Technical


A10’s allegations were made in its counterclaim in the
lawsuit Brocade filed against A10 several months ago. Brocade asserted claims
of patent and copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation.


A10 has fully denied those allegations because the
accused A10 AX Series network devices are not covered by the asserted Brocade
patents, neither A10 nor its employees have misappropriated any enforceable
trade secrets or copyrights, and Brocade’s patents are invalid over the prior


Moreover, A10 has filed reexamination requests with the
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to declare that all claims in the Brocade
patents, as asserted against A10, are invalid.


In addition, this week Brocade filed a motion asking the
court for a preliminary injunction based on Brocade’s copyright and trade
secret claims relating to alleged use of Brocade’s source code.  


A10 Networks is reviewing the specifics of Brocade’s
motion in the ongoing dispute between the parties, and will respond as ordered
by the court.  A10 denies that its ADC products wrongfully use any
proprietary Brocade code. 


A10 further denies that Brocade is entitled to any
injunction, and believes that Brocade’s decision to publicize its new motion
shows that it is intended primarily to intimidate potential A10


A10 will continue to defend against Brocade’s patent,
copyright, and trade secret claims, and intends to further pursue its own
pending claims that Brocade infringes A10’s patent rights and that Brocade
itself wrongfully obtained access to A10’s proprietary technology.


By Telecomlead.com Team
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