Cisco Seeks to Block Arista Network Devices From the U.S.

Cisco Systems Inc. said it filed two patent-infringement complaints against Arista Networks Inc. today, seeking a quick order to block its rival’s networking devices from the U.S.

The complaints filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington cover the same 12 patents that were asserted in civil suits filed earlier against Arista. Cisco claims the competing company, founded by a former Cisco executive, was built by copying Cisco technology.

The ITC, a quasi-judicial agency, typically completes investigations in 15 to 18 months, and it’s that speed that prompted the new filings, Cisco General Counsel Mark Chandler said in a blog posting.

“Our ITC actions are consistent with our commitment to do everything possible to expedite review of Arista’s illicit copying” he said.

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