Virginia Judge Issues $1.9B Judgment in Network Security Bench Trial

October 11, 2020

An Eastern District of Virginia bench trial has ended in a judgment of infringement for Centripetal Networks against Cisco, months after the parties waived their right to a jury trial due to complications posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 5, District Judge Henry C. Morgan Jr. handed down a 178-page order deciding the issues from that trial, ruling that Cisco infringed four of the patents remaining in suit through the provision of various network security products but concluding that the company did not infringe a fifth. Judge Morgan found the infringement willful and awarded $1.9B in enhanced damages plus a running royalty, though he declined to issue an injunction.

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