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GraphOn Corp. Files Countersuit Against Juniper Networks for Patent Infringement
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Santa Cruz, CA -- GraphOn Corporation (OTCBB: GOJO), a leading worldwide developer of server-based application publishing and Web-enabling software solutions, announced that it filed a countersuit against Juniper Networks, Inc., on May 1, 2009, alleging infringement of four GraphOn patents.
The countersuit, filed in United States District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia, alleges infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,249,378; 7,269,847; 7,383,573; and 7,424,737 that protect GraphOn’s fundamental network security and firewall technologies. The countersuit alleges that certain of Juniper’s firewall and router products infringe the GraphOn patents. The suit seeks preliminary and permanent injunctive relief along with unspecified damages and fees.
The countersuit was filed in response to a proceeding initiated by Juniper on March 16, 2009 alleging infringement by GraphOn and one of GraphOn’s resellers of U.S. Patent No. 6,243,752 (the ‘752 Patent). In addition to the countersuit, GraphOn asked the court to declare that the ‘752 Patent is not infringed and/or is invalid under the patent laws. No trial date has been set by the court.
In a separate lawsuit, filed August 2007 in United States District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, GraphOn is alleging infringement by certain of Juniper’s products of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,826,014 and 6,061,798 which also protect GraphOn’s fundamental network security and firewall technologies. The trial has been scheduled to begin July 6, 2010.
GraphOn’s network security and firewall patents and patent applications are the result of more than ten years of development effort by Network Engineering Software, Inc. (NES) which was acquired by GraphOn in 2005. In addition to the subject patents and applications, GraphOn acquired other patents and patent applications. "We continue to be very pleased with the acquisition of NES and the 23 patents GraphOn owns as a result," said Robert Dilworth, GraphOn’s chief executive officer. "Aggressively protecting the intellectual property represented by these patents is important to maximizing their value to GraphOn."
GraphOn Corporation is a publicly-traded company headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. For over two decades, GraphOn has been an innovator of cost-effective, advanced solutions that help customers access applications from anywhere. GraphOn’s high-performance software provides fast remote access, cross-platform connectivity, and a centralized architecture that delivers a dramatically lower cost of ownership. The company’s solutions run under Microsoft (MSFT) Windows, Linux and UNIX, including Sun (JAVA) Solaris, IBM AIX, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) HP-UX, and others. For more information, call 1.800.GRAPHON or visit www.graphon.com.
This press release contains statements that are forward looking as that term is defined by the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results will differ due to factors such as shifts in customer demand, product shipment schedules, product mix, competitive products and pricing, technological shifts and other variables. Readers are referred to GraphOn's most recent periodic and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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