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Cisco Wins Temporary Victory, Arista Products Faces ITC Ban

Cisco Systems Inc. CSCO won a temporary victory in a long-running patent infringement case at International Trade Commission (ITC) against its close rival Arista Networks ANET .

Notably, Cisco filed the complaint ("945 investigation") with ITC in late 2014 alleging Arista of infringing six patents. On May 5, 2017, ITC issued a "limited exclusion order" and "cease and desist" order after it found that Arista's Ethernet switching products violated two patents ("577" and "668").

As per a recent 8K filing by Arista - following disapproval by the United States Trade Representative of ITC's Final Determination in the case - it is now barred from importing and selling the aforesaid Ethernet switching products in the U.S.

However, the victory may be short-lived for Cisco. According to the 8K filing, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has issued final written decisions invalidating all claims related to the above mentioned patents, which Arista was found infringing by ITC.

Arista has filed emergency motions with the ITC seeking suspension of its orders pending completion of any appeals of the PTAB decisions. Although Cisco has filed objections, Arista's motion has received support from the Office of Unfair Importation Investigations (OUII), a neutral third party representing the interests of the public in ITC investigations.

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