Thursday, February 20, 2014

Crossroads Files Patent Infringement Suit against Cisco

Case Filed: Feb 18, 2014

Court: Texas Western District Court

Case Summary:

Crossroads Systems, a provider of data protection solutions and services filed a complaint Tuesday against Cisco alleging patent infringement. The patents at issue are: US6425035 and US7934041 both entitled ‘storage router and method for providing virtual local storage’, issued on Jul 23, 2002 and Apr 26, 2011, respectively. Both the patents are set to expire[i] by Dec 31, 2017 and are currently assigned[ii] to Crossroads (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). The asserted patents cover technology to secure and to efficiently access network storage systems.

Crossroads asserts that Cisco has directly infringed the ’035 and ‘041 patents by incorporating the patented technology into their storage systems. The accused products include: Cisco MDS 9200 Series Switches and Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multi-Layer Directors with Cisco’s 18/4-Port Multiservice Module.

The complaint further states that Cisco had actual notice of the patents-in-suit since October 2002 and they have not ceased the infringing activities which has been and continues to be willful and deliberate. Crossroads seeks monetary damages and injunctive relief.

Apart from Cisco, Crossroads has also sued NetApp and Quantum on the same day asserting the same patents. NetApp provides enterprise storage and data management software and hardware products and services, while Quantum provides scalable file storage systems and archive software and appliances for managing data.

See 1:14-cv-00148 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.

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[i] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.
[ii] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.

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