Cisco Loses Supreme Court Battle

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Posted 2 years ago

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Cisco_logo.svgCisco Systems has been dealt a big loss by the highest court in the land over a case involving patent infringement.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered a verdict that overturned a previous decision made in Cisco’s favor by the U.S. Court Of Appeals for the Federal Court.

With Justice Breyer recusing himself from the hearing, the decision came about after a 6-2 vote with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the opinion.

The opinion stated among other points, that Cisco’s thinking that the patent in question was invalid wasn’t a strong enough defense.

The crux of the case involved a patent by Commil U.S.A. that improved on the implementation of wireless networks that contained multiple access points.

Commil filed the lawsuit against Cisco over the latter company’s use of similar equipment. Commil was awarded a judgement of $73.8 million in 2013 for induced patent infringement.

The Court Of Appeals ruled in June of that month that Cisco had the right to appeal on a ‘good faith’ defense.

Justice Antonin Scalia, aided by Chief Justice John Roberts, wrote the dissenting opinion which claimed that the ruling would be used heavily by patent trolls in future cases.

Christopher A. Smith

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