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Revisit Mobility Moments at Cisco Live Milan

Well, CiscoLive Milan 2015 is behind us…..but hopefully the energy and insights you took away from it stay with you – at least till next CiscoLive. Our attendees rated it as our most successful CiscoLive EMEAR ever……and having been to a few of them myself I’d happily agree!

I had the opportunity to speak with many attendees at the World of Solutions, both on the guided tours and also at the mobility demos. The overall impression I got from speaking with you is that you are as excited (and challenged) as we are about the dramatic changes going on in IT. The transformation of IT has moved from hype to reality – and many of you at CiscoLive are the ones being asked by your company to make these changes happen.

Now, whether you attended Live and missed a session – or you were not in Milan at all – you can still check out many of the keynotes and sessions on-line.

One of the highlights was the Enterprise Networking Trends keynote Read More »

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Innovating Beyond Technology

When people talk about innovation, they typically refer to the underlying technology and its benefits to users.  For example, articles on innovation in the cloud often describe the new features and applications organizations can now access and the ways these will transform how they do they business.

Innovation, however, can go far beyond technology.  Sometimes, how technology is delivered is as important as the technology itself.  There can even be innovation in how a customer pays for services.

In their blog “How Predictable is the Cost of Your Cloud?” Cisco partner Vodafone describes how it has added value to its Cisco Powered Unified Communications service offering through their unique pricing model.

According to Vodafone, one of the benefits of unifying an organization’s communications is the ability for users to work where they want.  For many users, this means they can stay connected even when traveling in other countries. Read More »

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Innovation Moves Quickly; Arista Should Not Delay ITC Case

We previously committed to providing important updates on our legal action over Arista’s pervasive copying and misappropriation of Cisco intellectual property. Today, an International Trade Commission (ITC) Administrative Law Judge issued an order rejecting Arista’s request to consolidate Cisco’s two ITC complaints.

Arista’s request had itself included an acknowledgement that consolidation could cause a six month delay in the proceedings. We felt this ran counter to the language of the Commission’s own Rule 201.7(a) permitting consolidation “in order to expedite.”

We are pleased that the Administrative Law Judge promptly rejected this request, and with it the argument that Cisco was somehow looking to “game the system.” Our filing of separate complaints was consistent with ITC practices, and focused squarely on delivering a speedy and lowest cost resolution for all involved.

As highlighted in the January 22 update to our blog (Protecting Innovation: International Trade Commission Commences Investigation), Arista’s initial legal arguments had focused on attempting to avoid enforcement of Cisco’s rights by utilizing the “public interest” exemption, an approach the Commission chose not to refer for action. This latest decision is a rejection of Arista’s legal maneuvering to delay the outcome. With the discovery process now underway, we are looking forward to Arista addressing the complaints directly.

We now believe that Arista intends to file a motion seeking a delayed 22 month target date in one of the ITC cases. We hope that in light of today’s ruling, they will reconsider this motion so we can focus on the prompt resolution of the case.

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Mobile in Milan – Cisco Live!

Whether you are among the 8,000 attendees participating at Cisco Live Milan in-person or among our many virtual attendees catching the live web broadcast, you’ll find lots to help you with your mobility-related projects.

Mobile in Milan

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Protecting Innovation: International Trade Commission Commences Investigation

A short while ago, the International Trade Commission (ITC) took an important first step toward the speedy review and action we requested regarding Arista’s widespread infringement of Cisco’s patented networking technology. We welcome the ITC’s initial action in this case, and by voting to commence an investigation into our complaints regarding Arista’s use of Cisco’s patented technology in its products, the ITC has started down a road that should lead to resolution within a matter of months. Trials are generally completed within 9 to 12 months after an investigation is instituted. We are committed to driving fast action regarding Arista’s illicit copying. Our complaints to the ITC detail Arista’s inclusion in its products of a wide array of important Cisco features covered by 12 different U.S. patents. All of these patented technologies are core technologies being used in products we currently ship to our customers. And none of these Cisco proprietary implementations are part of industry standards. You can read our complaints here and here.

We look forward to the opening of the discovery process so that we can further document the widespread infringement, which Arista itself has advertised as a key selling point of their products (see my blog when we brought our lawsuits on December 5).

As the ITC’s decision to commence investigations was just confirmed, we will evaluate the documents that we expect to receive, and provide updates in the coming days.

Further Update: 22 January 2015

Interestingly, the ITC apparently did not elect to undertake further investigation into Arista’s request that the trial judge consider whether their products are so vital to the national interest that they should be allowed to continue to be sold, even if they infringe (See Arista’s Public Interest Statement). We were surprised that Arista even asked. We had expected them to simply deny infringement. Instead, they claimed, “Many others have used, and continue to use, technologies Cisco accuses Arista of using without any complaint from Cisco” as a justification for infringement, and claiming that “Arista’s products serve critical roles in U.S. commerce and security [and] [t]he issuance of any exclusion order would raise public health, safety, or welfare concerns.” As laid out in detail in the December 5 blog, Arista is unique in the scope of its copying of Cisco technology. That’s why this is the first patent lawsuit we’ve initiated in eleven years. Arista has many competitors who do not copy the Cisco technologies Arista chose to incorporate in their products.

Arista has it backwards. There is a strong public interest, long recognized by the ITC, in protecting innovation and excluding the importation and sale of infringing products. That’s why the ITC exists. So we are pleased it looks like the trials will focus on the merits of our claims, without spending resources on Arista’s argument that the public has an interest in letting it infringe Cisco’s patents.

 

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