Desmarais LLP Wins Patent Trial for Cisco
Desmarais LLP earned a trial victory for Cisco Systems after convincing a federal judge to invalidate a virtual networking patent that software company Egenera had accused Cisco of infringing.
Desmarais LLP led Cisco’s defense against Egenera in a three-day bench trial in January in federal district court in Massachusetts. On May 22, the judge ruled in favor of Cisco, finding the patent invalid because Egenera had removed one of the patent’s inventors from the patent.
During the course of the lawsuit, which was filed in August 2016, Desmarais LLP also secured victories that removed infringement claims for two other patents. Desmarais LLP’s arguments led to a court ruling that the ideas of one of the patents could not be patent-protected, and Desmarais LLP persuaded Egenera to voluntarily remove another patent from the suit.
Desmarais LLP’s team on the case included partners John Desmarais, Paul Bondor, Jonas McDavit, Tamir Packin, and Peter Magic; and associates Robert Harrits, Lindsey Miller, Ryan Lawson, Elizabeth Weyl, Brian Leary, Michael Rhodes, and Carson Olsheski.