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Cisco Told to Pay $23.5 Million Over Hacker-Security Patents

  • Jury found Cisco infringed patents held by SRI International
  • Technology tracks intrusions into computer networks by hackers
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Cisco Systems Inc., the biggest maker of networking equipment, was ordered by a jury to pay more than $23.5 million to a nonprofit research center for infringing network-surveillance patents designed to identify hacking attacks on computer systems.

Jurors in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, concluded Thursday that San Jose, California-based Cisco used technology owned by SRI International, the former research arm of Stanford University, without permission. The panel rejected Cisco’s arguments that it didn’t infringe or that the two at-issue patents weren’t valid.