After three long weeks of trial, a jury decision came down this week in the Brocade vs. A10 Networks case.
The dispute centered on alleged intellectual property and trade secret infringement by A10. The connection between A10 and Brocade is somewhat direct. A10 was founded in 2004 by Lee Chen, after leaving Foundry Networks, another company he helped to create. Foundry was acquired by Brocade in 2008for $3 billion.
According to Brocade, the jury in the trial found that the A10 AX Series line of load balancers infringe on Brocade’s intellectual property. They also determined that there was a, “misappropriation of four trade secrets involving techniques used in the Brocade ServerIron products that A10 applied for use in its AX series.”
In total the jury awarded Brocade approximately $112 million, according to Brocade’s version of the verdict.
A10 sees the result somewhat differently.