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