SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A10 Networks™ ("A10") announced that on August 6, 2012 a jury in the United States District Court in San Jose, California returned a mixed verdict finding no liability for most of the copyright claims and certain state-law claims and no willful patent infringement, and finding damages of only $1 for the trade-secret claims and interference-with-contract claims. Although the jury found that A10's AX product infringed four patent claims from patents owned by Brocade Communications Systems Inc. ("Brocade" - NASDAQ: BRCD), it awarded less than $2 million total patent damages. The jury did find that 145 lines of A10's implementation of the public "Aho-Corasik algorithm" constituted copyright infringement, and assessed $60 million in damages. These lines of code were removed from A10's product last year. The jury rejected Brocade's claim that A10's current source code infringed Brocade's copyright. None of A10's employees was found liable for any of Brocade's intellectual property claims.
A10 will take all appropriate action to set aside the adverse verdict and to reverse the award of damages. A10 currently intends to seek judgment in its favor as a matter of law. A10 developed its AX Series products independently, and believes its award winning technologies do not infringe any of Brocade's patents, copyrights or trade secrets. A10 is confident this verdict will not impair its continued success or have any negative impact on its customers.
"A10 Networks is and always has been committed to innovation and providing the Application Networking market with cutting edge technologies that deliver the industry's best performance, flexibility and value to customers. We will take the appropriate legal actions, and continue to stand by our position that we do not infringe any of Brocade's intellectual property," said Lee Chen, CEO of A10 Networks.
A10 Networks' novel architecture and innovations in Layer 4-7 Application Delivery Controllers has led to the success of its AX Series product line. A10 Networks delivers industry leading Application Networking solutions that accelerate, optimize and secure customers' web sites and applications. A10's flagship AX Series platforms deliver solutions for: Application Delivery/Server Load Balancing, IPv6 Migration and Cloud Computing & Virtualization. The AX Series is deployed in numerous verticals including customers of all sizes in the service provider, Web portal, financial, education, manufacturing, technology and numerous additional markets.