A number of the top trusted sources have reported about the great wave of excitement the winning of the legal battle on Thursday sparked at Arista Networks Inc (NYSE:ANET). The battle was between the industry leader and Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO)
Over networking device technology and of course this marked a new beginning for Arista and thus it can move ahead and undo a U.S. agency’s order that had over sometime blocked importation of some of its products.
Earlier reports indicate that Arista had tried calling upon the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office humbly requesting it to review the validity of a patent it granted to Cisco which had much to do with the network device security. Other sources indicate that the patent office took sides with Arista on Thursday, a move that invalidated major claims in the patent.
A week earlier, the Patent Office in a bid to improve processing in network devices had moved ahead to invalidate claims in a different Cisco patent and that raised eyebrows for sure. Top put it as it is, Arista and the San Jose, California-based Cisco have over the years been pretty fierce competitors and that is of course in the multibillion-dollar market for ethernet switches widely known to connect servers and computers.
The U.S. International Trade Commission last month moved forward to conclude that Arista’s switches had infringed the Cisco patents and thus it was going to lay down strategies that would see it issue an order that would ban Arista from importing the infringing products into the United States.
Marc Taxay, who as a matter of fact happens to be Arista’s general counsel on Thursday, revealed that the top provider was seeking to complete the suspension of the ITC’s import ban, which according to one of the top company officials was slated to go into effect in July this year.
This is not the first challenge Arista Networks Inc has had to struggle with. In fact it has been a rough patch getting to this point. However, the recent win marks a new dawn for the company and we expect it to rise the ranks and regain its dignity as an industry leader.