Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) has not taken the anti-trust suit filing of Arista Networks Inc (NYSE:ANET) lightly and charged them with bogus claims that were either coincidence or accidental. In fact, it was a planned one. The network switch maker blamed its rival of using distracting tactics as the International Trade Commission is expected to pronounce a key ruling this week.
Repetition Of Claims
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) also charged that Arista Networks Inc (NYSE:ANET) has repeated the same claims that it included in the earlier filings. Therefore, it is a smokescreen to sidetrack the issues as the ruling on five of its patents were keenly awaited. The company preferred to take the issue to ITC due to its defined, as well as, accelerated timeframe. The judge would give a ruling as to who infringed the five patents.
The networking switch maker said that if the ITC finds Arista Networks Inc (NYSE:ANET) guilty of infringing any of the patents, then it would face the threat of banning most of its products entering the American market. It was because of this fear that the company was trying to divert the attention. That is because there is also another antitrust claim that will come up for trial in November.
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) claimed Arista Networks Inc (NYSE:ANET) missed a deadline for modifying their claims in the CLI case in which they previously sought to add additional claims. Therefore, the networking equipment maker believes that the diversion they recently created was nothing new for Arista and that its focus was always to protect its innovation and prevent its rivals from using its copyrighted technology.
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)’s Mark Chandler said in a blog that its approach was always consistent. The company encourages competitive, as well as, vibrant industry. He said that the company always looked for fair competition. However, it would not remain silent if anyone misappropriated its technology. He also said that Arista stands apart from the rest of rivals in the industry for the simple reason of copying its CLI sets.