Protecting Innovation: Investors and Customers Deserve Transparency
On June 23, the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Arista’s products infringed three Cisco patents. The Presidential Review period (expiring on August 22) will be an important milestone in our effort to force an end to the unlawful use of our intellectual property.
In roughly a week, the ITC will release a public version of the 60-page opinion laying out the full background and rationale for its decision. The process to determine what is made public is straightforward. Both Cisco and Arista can request redactions of information they want kept private. Although redactions are meant to protect confidential business information, they can also be used to prevent the public from having full access to the Commission’s rationale.
Given the importance of transparency for the industry, Cisco is asking the Commission to make the entire ruling public. We waive all redaction requests, and call on Arista to do the same.
The ITC Final Determination has direct implications for customers, partners, investors, and suppliers. We want those making important business and investment decisions to be fully informed.