Aerohive Files Action to Invalidate Competitor Patent and For Declaration of
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 30, 2013
Aerohive Networks™,the leader in controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-enabled
networking,announced today that it has filed an action seeking a
determination that a competitor’s claims of patent infringement are without
merit and that the asserted patent is invalid, unenforceable, and not
*AirTight Networks has asserted that Aerohive’s innovative Hive Access
Point product incorporated WIPS technology that infringes one of
AirTight’s patents. The technology – a rarely used feature included in
older Aerohive software releases – is not included in any current or
anticipated Aerohive product offering.
*All or most Aerohive customers are already running newer software versions
without this feature. Any customers still on old releases can readily
update their software to remove this feature from their products. Aerohive
currently recommends software releases 3.5r5 for AP120s and 4.1r5 and
5.1r4 for all other products.
*In addition to the pending action, Aerohive also intends to pursue a
request for reexamination of the AirTight patent by the United States
Patent Office, and Aerohive believes that the patent will be determined to
*Aerohive’s legal action followed efforts over several months to resolve
the dispute with AirTight without litigation.
“This lawsuit relates to a long-standing disagreement with AirTight over
claimed use of its WIPS ‘marker packet’ technology in older software
releases,” said Steve Debenham, vice president of legal services, Aerohive.
“We do not believe the AirTight lawsuit has any basis in fact, and we believe
the AirTight patent asserted against us is invalid and not enforceable.”
“Aerohive places high value on business integrity and product innovation,”
said David Flynn, chief executive officer, Aerohive Networks. “These are
standards to which we hold ourselves personally and against which we measure
our success as a company. We believe AirTight’s claims will prove fruitless,
and felt we had no choice but to proceed with a legal action to confirm that
the AirTight patent is invalid and unenforceable, and that we do not
“We believe that this legal action in no way affects use of Aerohive current
or anticipated product offering, and our customers can be confident in our
full commitment to them and support for our products,” concluded Flynn.
About Aerohive Networks
People want to work anywhere; on any device, and IT needs to enable them --
without drowning in complexity or compromising on security, performance,
reliability or cost. Aerohive's mission is to Simpli-Fi these enterprise
access networks with a cloud-enabled, self-organizing, service-aware,
identity-based infrastructure that includes innovative Wi-Fi, VPN, branch
routing and switching solutions.
Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture
Partners, Northern Light Venture Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Inc.
(NEA) and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). For more information, please
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