Judge denies Cisco new trial, upholds judgement in patent infringement suit

A Virginia judge denied a request by Cisco Systems for a new trial after the court ruled last year that the company committed patent infringement in a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit filed by Centripetal Networks.

Last October, U.S. District Judge Henry Coke Morgan Jr. ruled that Cisco had conducted “willful and egregious” infringement of at least four patented network security technologies developed by Centripetal Networks, ordering the company to pay $1.9 billion in damages, along with royalties that could increase the total size of the judgement to $3.3 billion.

The trial included evidence showing that within a year of meeting with Centripetal Networks and getting detailed demonstrations of its patented network security technologies, Cisco was incorporating similar tech into its network switches and routers.

Cisco filed a motion a month later requesting a new trial, saying the judge’s order was abritrary and “included new theories of liability and damages that Centripetal did not present and against which Cisco had no opportunity to defend.”

Morgan Jr. summarily dismissed those claims, writing in a March 17 order that the “most compelling evidence originated in Cisco’s own technical documents introduced at trial by Centripetal.”