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Short Palo Alto Networks, Downside Risk Based On Upcoming Patent Infringement Trial

These concerns go to the quality of the lawyering, and it can make a difference if counsel is not evenly matched. In this case, the trial lawyers for each side, Morgan Chu (for Juniper) and Harold McElhinney (for Palo Alto), are widely regarded as stellar trial lawyers, and are evenly matched. Thus, it is too soon to say what will happen at trial without knowing the evidence and getting a feel from the testimony as to how the evidence is coming in. However, having said all this, it is possible to glean insight as to the nature of the evidence - and the relative strength and weakness of the proposed expert testimony on a given issue -- based on comments made by the court in its recent summary judgment opinion. Based on the court's comments in its summary judgment opinion, it appears Juniper may have the upper hand here, at least as to the three patents selected for trial beginning on Feb 24. For example, with respect to the 347 patent, the court adopted Juniper's proposed construction of the claim term "[Sorting/processing] packets into initially denied packets". Further, the court denied Palo Alto motion for summary judgment of non-infringement under the doctrine of equivalents, reasoning that Palo Alto failed to proffer any evidence to contradict the testimony of Juniper's expert: "Juniper's expert offered sufficient support for his theories under the doctrine of equivalents, incorporating his element by element analysis from his opinion regarding literal infringement. While PAN may disagree with these conclusions, this goes to the weight of the testimony and may be properly dealt with on cross-examination. PAN has not herein offered any evidence or expert report to contradict the opinions of Juniper's expert.
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Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls Added to the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities Approved Products List

+ Also on NetworkWorld: Juniper unveils new fabric switch architecture | VMware and Palo Alto Networks team for virtual networking security + The centerpiece in this firewall fight is a patent called "Method and Apparatus for Implementing a Layer 3/Layer 7 Firewall in L2 Device," (patent #7,779,459) . Juniper alleges Palo Alto is infringing this patent by making and selling its PA-5000, PA-4000 and PA-2000 Series Firewalls as well as the PA-500 and PA-2000 Firewalls. Calling it the 459 patent for short, Juniper is railing against Palo Alto, claiming the firm "knew that these products infringed the 459 patent and intended that third parties using these products would infringe the 459 patent. One fact among others, that evidences [Palo Alto's] knowledge and intent, is that Yuming Mao, co-founder of [Palo Alto Networks], was an inventor of the 459 patent." Juniper also claims Palo Alto is infringing several other patents, including two owned by Juniper titled "Intelligent Integrated Network Security Device," ( #7,650,634), and "Method and Apparatus for Implementing a Layer 3/Layer 7 Firewall in an L2 Device, (#7,302,700). The latter, says Juniper, among other patents cited, was also invented by Yuming Mao. But Palo Alto will be fighting hard to defend itself. And back in September, the company launched its own patent-infringement lawsuit against Juniper in the Northern District Court of California, alleging its rival is violating three of its patents in Juniper products. It's uncertain who will win in any of this, and the appeals process could go on for some time if there's no settlement. But the results of this patent-lawsuit smackdown should be of great interest to customers as well as financial analysts and industry researchers.
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Juniper vs. Palo Alto Networks: Firewall court battle set to begin

Its purpose is to maintain a single consolidated list of products that have completed Interoperability (IO) and Information Assurance (IA) certification. Use of the DoD UC APL allows DoD Components to purchase and operate UC systems over any and all DoD network infrastructure."This is a huge milestone for Palo Alto Networks and our DoD customers. The product was submitted to several months of rigorous testing to ensure that it would meet or exceed the DoD's standards and requirements," said Lee Klarich, vice president of product http://www.prodec.co.uk/solutions/security/security-checklist management at Palo Alto Networks. "Our addition to the DoD UC APL underscores our commitment to protect our nation's infrastructure."The UC APL is the only listing of equipment by DoD to be fielded in DoD networks. DoD components are required to fulfill their system needs by only purchasing APL listed products , providing one of the listed products meets their needs.The Palo Alto Networks PA-500, PA-2000, and PA-4000 Series next-generation firewalls have been evaluated by the U.S. Army's Technology Integration Center (TIC) and found to meet all applicable requirements.
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