Brocade and A10 settle patent case one hour before a jury hears it

24 11 2013

One of the longer-running, and higher stakes, high-tech patent disputes has been laid to rest. Brocade and A10 Networks settled their patent and copyright dispute over their competing application delivery controllers today. The deal was struck just one hour before a San Jose jury was about to hear opening statements in a damages trial, according to Mike Swift, a reporter for the MLex legal and regulatory news service.

Brocade won a huge court victory against A10 last year when a jury ruled that A10’s AX line of “load balancers” infringed both Brocade copyrights and patents. The case became even more noteworthy after trial when a judge ruled that Brocade would win an injunction because of patent violations. In the past several years, changes to patent case law have made it much harder to win an injunction.

Overall, A10 took a walloping. The company was found liable not just for patent infringement but also for copyright infringement, trade secret violations, and unfair competition.


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