Juniper Attacked

5:40 PM -- This pales in comparison to the big Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) news released Monday. (See Juniper Attacks Cisco's CRS-1.) But there's a smaller, unrelated story that we skipped over last week: the suit filed by GraphOn Corp. (OTCBB: GOJO.OB)

You've probably seen the headline. GraphOn is claiming Juniper violates three patents related to firewalls: numbers 5,826,014; 6,061,798; and 7,028,336.

The interesting part is that the three patents belonged to Network Engineering Software (NES), which GraphOn acquired in February 2005. And NES seems to have a history of these kinds of suits.

  • November 2005: GraphOn, having acquired NES, sues AutoTrader.com over two patents. This case got a mention in GraphOn's press release about Juniper, and appears to still be bouncing around the courts.
  • 1999: NES sues eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY); case "dismissed with prejudice" sometime before Dec. 31, 1999, according to SEC filings.

That's all I managed to find with a cursory Web search. The NES acquisition gave GraphOn 12 patents and 43 pending patents, so there could be plenty of ammunition for more of the same.

GraphOn didn't return a call for comment, and Juniper says it doesn't comment on litigation.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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