Since 2014, the largest networking company Cisco System Inc. accused that Arista Networks Inc. has infringed its copyrighted command line interface terms of control hardware and software functions from Cisco’s manuals.
The demand for $335 million of Arista’s theft which was raised by Cisco did not pass according to the final announcement of a federal court in Northern California. And included Arista does not copy or paste any one of Cisco’s patents, nor copyright of Cisco from its user manuals.
This case is only one of three fronts in the battle. It is also happening in the International Trade Commission and Trademark office in Alexandria, Virginia.
Cisco Systems Inc. was founded in 1984 which has been serving multiple technical services for more than 3 decades. It has a stable status in specific tech markets with a more than $500 billion market capitalization for selling networking hardware, telecommunications equipment, and other high-technology services and products.
Arista Networks Inc. is a young computer networking company which is formally founded in 2004, and it aims to provide multilayer network switches to send SDN solutions for cloud computing, data centers, high-frequency trading environments and high-performance computing.
It serves some congeneric products with Cisco, and threatening Cisco’s irreplaceable position with rapid growth, and it is worth mentioning particularly that Jayshree Ullal who had been working with Cisco for more than 15 years came and to be CEO of Arista in 2008, and for now the senior leaders of Arista are from former Cisco executives mostly that even four members of its board of directors are all former Cisco employees. And most of them are approved as outstanding engineers in Cisco.
Before this case, Arista Networks has been confirmed that illegally infringed few of Cisco patents of network device technology in International Trade Commission (ITC), and if the ruling pass ITC would ban the import of Arista’s products which has been accused with using Cisco patents. It is disastrous news for a company who is just starting out.
Recently Cisco is planning a huge transition of software-based products when it masters more than half of the switching market, while many customers are complaining its latest switch products are more expensive and less quality value. Maybe the results came from California will help customers make a final switch.
Arista has been always defensing these accusations. It explains that the command codes do not exclusively belong to Cisco copyright protection and they are used extensively by all developers. Arista has beaten Cisco back with declaring that Cisco attempts to realize its monopoly dream utilizing its market dominance and the courts power by eliminating competitors and dealing customers with purchasing expensive products.
In fact, Cisco is striving for protecting its innovation and aiming to enhance its competitiveness, while Arista is asking for fair competition. Regardless of maybe personal grievances, we customers are concentrating more on products quality and its price value. So as long as providers offer products with high performance through its own hard working, we will uphold it with our support.