A Changed Environment Requires a Changed Approach

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 Cisco Resolves Claims Related to Video Security Software Sold Between 2008 to 2014

As the world’s largest supplier of internet security hardware and software products and services, we’re reminded every day that the threat landscape continues to grow exponentially.  Headlines remind us of the threats that can lead at the least to personal annoyance – think of the replacement of credit cards – but can also produce operational disruption – networks going down or ransomware attacks.   Beyond that, as networked data becomes core to more and more activities, security failures can endanger national economic and physical security.  A key mission for Cisco is to work to reduce and eliminate all of those risks.

The standards by which suppliers are judged are also changing.  We, alongside our customers and stakeholders, are always demanding more.  We intend to stay ahead of what the world is willing to accept.  Nothing illustrates better the way standards are changing than our engagement in resolving a dispute involving video security software products sold by us in Cisco’s fiscal years 2008 through 2013. In short, what seemed reasonable at one point no longer meets the needs of our stakeholders today.

The software was created by Broadware, a company we acquired in 2007. Broadware intentionally utilized an open architecture to allow customized security applications and solutions to be implemented. Because of the open architecture, video feeds could theoretically have been subject to hacking, though there is no evidence that any customer’s security was ever breached.  In 2009, we published a Best Practices Guide emphasizing that users needed to pay special attention to building necessary security features on top of the software they were licensing from us.  And in July, 2013, we advised that customers should upgrade to a new version of the software which addressed security features. All sales of the older versions of the software had ended by September, 2014.

Evaluating these facts today, we’ve now agreed to make a payment that includes, what is in effect, a partial refund to the US federal government and 16 states for products purchased between Cisco’s fiscal years 2008 and 2013.  The payment settles litigation that had originally been brought in 2011.  The total sales at issue were well under one one-hundredth of one percent of Cisco’s total sales, and our total payment was $8.6 million, which includes payment of approximately $1.6 million to the individual who brought this to the attention of the government.  While this is a legacy issue which no longer exists, it matters to us to recognize that times and expectations have changed.


A Changed Environment Requires a Changed Approach

Protecting Innovation: ITC Declines to Suspend Ruling; Orders Remain In Effect

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The International Trade Commission yesterday sent a strong message to Arista that its “corporate culture of copying”, as the ITC has put it, must stop. By rejecting Arista’s efforts to delay orders that Arista stop importing and selling infringing products in the U.S., it reinforced the protection of intellectual property rights. On May 4, the Commission […]Protecting Innovation: ITC Declines to Suspend Ruling; Orders Remain In Effect

Protecting Innovation: Presidential Review Period Expires in ‘945 Investigation

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We learned this morning that the U.S. Trade Representative and the White House have rejected Arista’s “trade policy” pleas, and refused to stop the ITC’s limited exclusion and cease and desist orders from going into effect. The orders were issued in response to Arista’s infringement of two Cisco patents. That means that effective today, Arista […]Protecting Innovation: Presidential Review Period Expires in ‘945 Investigation

Protecting Innovation: ITC Enforcement Action Initial Determination

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We received word today that an ITC judge has issued a decision that Arista’s redesigned products do not continue to use the Cisco “SysDB” patented technology, which Arista was found to have infringed in the ITC’s “944 Investigation”.  The judge’s order is subject to review by the full Commission, and we plan to request a […]Protecting Innovation: ITC Enforcement Action Initial Determination

Update: U.S. Patent and Trade Office Reviews

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Cisco is pleased that the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (U.S. PTO) upheld the validity of our ‘537 patent, which covers Cisco’s proprietary SysDB technology. ITC enforcement proceedings addressing Arista’s continued infringement on this patent are underway. These enforcement proceedings are a key step in determining whether Arista’s redesigned products continue to use IP copied […]Update: U.S. Patent and Trade Office Reviews

Enough is Enough – Change Must Begin Now

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Beginning last week, many organizations around the globe found themselves responding to infected computers in their environments that were hit with new malicious ransomware called “WannaCry.” Most other organizations reacted quickly to protect their network-critical files from being taken hostage by cyber criminals and held for ransom. And we are now seeing new variants of […]Enough is Enough – Change Must Begin Now

Protecting Innovation: Commission Upholds Judge’s Ruling in ITC ‘945 Investigation

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This afternoon the International Trade Commission ruled that Arista switches infringe two additional Cisco patents, covering addressable memory and control plane policing, which are core technologies in network switching. By confirming Administrative Law Judge McNamara’s Initial Determination, the Commission brings the total confirmed Arista patent violations to five. Today’s ruling in the “945 Investigation” concludes Commission review of the two cases brought by Cisco in […]Protecting Innovation: Commission Upholds Judge’s Ruling in ITC ‘945 Investigation