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Citrix Told to Pay $10 Million Over Networking Patent

Citrix Systems Inc., maker of software that lets people access work files from home, was told to pay a Maryland company $10 million for infringing patented technology for virtual-private networks.

A federal jury in Marshall, Texas, today said Citrix infringed one of two patents owned by closely held SSL Services LLC of Potomac, Maryland.

The suit, filed in 2008, is over a way to communicate between computers over a secure network. The jury said the Access Gateway and NetScaler products infringed one patent, Citrix’s GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting and GoToAssist products were cleared of infringing a second SSL patent.

Citrix, which reported $2.2 billion in sales last year, uses cloud networking through NetScaler and Access Gateway to provide lower-cost data centers.

The SSL patents relate to an authentication and encryption program. Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Citrix argued that it uses a different method of sending information than what is covered by the two patents.

Lawyers for both sides declined to comment on the verdict outside the courtroom.

The case is SSL Services LLC v. Citrix Systems Inc., 08cv158, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall).

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