Arista could face a ban on importing products from Asia, following a ruling by a US trade agency that Arista uses technology owned by Cisco, according to reports.
The US International Trade Commission reached the ruling Thursday, leaving Arista to ask the White House to veto the import ban or ask an appeals court to throw out the case, according to Bloomberg.
The ITC ruled Arista infringed on three of Cisco's patents in Arista's switches, according to Reuters. "The trade commission upheld a finding of infringement by a U.S. trade judge in February," Reuters said. The ITC recommended an import ban.
The decision is a big development in a tangled web of litigation initiated in December 2014, when Cisco filed patent and copyright lawsuits charging Arista with "repeated and pervasive copying of key inventions in Cisco products." Alleged infringements included Arista's implementation of Cisco's command line interface. (See Cisco Slams Arista With Massive Patent & Copyright Suit.)
Update: Arista says it has a plan to keep its products on the market. (See Arista Ready With 'Design-Arounds' Following Import Ban Recommendation.)
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— Mitch Wagner, , Editor, Light Reading Enterprise Cloud.