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Cisco Plans to Appeal $1.9 Billion Cybersecurity Judgment


Cisco Systems plans to appeal a $1.9 billion ruling that alleges the networking giant infringed four patents owned by Centripetal Networks Inc.

Centripetal said it developed a network protection system only to see Cisco integrate the inventions into its own networks after meetings and presentations by Centripetal officials, Bloomberg reports.

A judge's ruling found:

  • Cisco owes Centripetal $755.8 million for past use of the inventions.
  • That figure was increased by two-and-a-half times after finding that Cisco’s infringement was “willful and egregious.”
  • Cisco was also ordered to pay a 10% royalty on sales of some of its products for the next three years, and then 5% in royalties for three years after that.

Cisco said it will appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which specializes in patent law, Bloomberg reports.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.