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F5 Sues A10

Craig Matsumoto
4/21/2010
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Data center fight: F5 Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIV) claims A10 Networks Inc. is infringing its patents.

We think they should settle their differences more peacefully. Maybe meet at the G-20 summit and get the B-52s to play.

But, no, they've gone to court.

The amusing part of F5's very short court complaint are the allegations that A10 has been gunning for F5 all along. A10 "adopted its name as a play, or allusion to, F5's corporate name," the complaint reads.

And the supposed copycat behavior doesn't stop there. "A10 has repeatedly attempted to emulate the products and services of F5, to the point of having in the past, directed customers to F5's website for information as to how to use the A10 products," the suit says.

As for the patents, there are two under dispute. No. 7,102,996 has to do with the scaling of network traffic managers -- specifically, the way packets are routed between clients and servers. No. 7,395,349 is a sequel that involves the scaling of traffic managers.

F5 filed the suit April 15 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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Pete Baldwin
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Pete Baldwin,
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12/5/2012 | 4:38:52 PM
re: F5 Sues A10


F5 sues A10 4$ <-- suggested by a source


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F5 sues A10 4U 2B.... but after that i'm drawing a blank.

OpEd
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OpEd,
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12/5/2012 | 4:38:49 PM
re: F5 Sues A10


How about: F4 Sues A10 B4 2 L8!

SiliconRon408
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SiliconRon408,
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12/5/2012 | 4:38:49 PM
re: F5 Sues A10
This sounds juicy but I haven't seen other articles after LR broke the story. Anyone have any more details on this? I am sure F5 and A10 want to bury this...but the valley want to know more.
Pete Baldwin
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Pete Baldwin,
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12/5/2012 | 4:38:47 PM
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> How about: F4 Sues A10 B4 2 L8!


I like it!


Pete Baldwin
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Pete Baldwin,
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12/5/2012 | 4:38:47 PM
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I dunno ... these things tend to linger for years, then end in unspectacular settlement agreements or licensing.  They're important enough to report (and who could resist that subhead, I admit) ... but in the end they're often just nuisances, not game-changers.

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