Acacia Hits Cisco in West Texas as East Texas Court Considers a Stay

May 13, 2020

Monarch Networking Solutions LLC has filed a new suit against Cisco, together with its subsidiaries Duo Security (acquired in 2018) and Meraki (acquired in 2012) (6:20-cv-00381), over the provision of network devices that use Cisco’s Meraki Cloud Hosted Authentication or Duo Security platforms. The Acacia subsidiary asserts a single patent, sourced from Siemens and generally related to accessing a network through communication between an authenticating device and station. The new case, initially assigned to Judge Alan D. Albright in the Western District of Texas, comes as Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas considers a motion by Charter Communications and Cisco to stay a January 2020 case to await the outcome of a dispute over the ownership of the patents that Monarch Networking has asserted there.

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