Centripetal Networks Wins $2.6B to $3.2B
in Patent Damages Against Cisco
October 12, 2020
United States District Judge for the
Eastern District of Virginia, the Honorable Henry Coke Morgan,
Jr. issued Judgment in favor of Centripetal Networks after the
conclusion of a 22-day bench trial in Centripetal Networks, Inc.
v. Cisco Systems, Inc., Case No. 2:18-cv-94.
At trial, Centripetal Networks asserted that Cisco Systems
(“Cisco”) infringed five U.S. patents: U.S. Patent Nos.
9,137,205 (“the ‘205 Patent”), 9,203,806 (“the ‘806 Patent”),
9,560,176 (“the ‘176 Patent”), 9,686,193 (“the ‘193 Patent”),
9,917,856 (“the ‘856 Patent”). Centripetal’s technology is
designed to apply massively scaled intelligence to proactively
defend internet connected networks. Centripetal innovated for
the past decade and invested extensively to develop each
component of its suite of security technologies. The company
developed an intelligence driven security gateway branded
RuleGATE® which enables a powerful cost-effective service called
CleanINTERNET®. This layer of protection makes it extremely
difficult for an attacker to penetrate and exploit legitimate
Yesterday afternoon, the Court issued a 178-page Opinion and
Order, detailing its findings that Cisco willfully infringed
four of the five asserted patents, awarded damages of
$755,808,545 (enhanced 2.5 times for willful infringement),
prejudgment interest of $13,717,925, which resulted in a total
past damages award in an amount of $1,903,239,288. The Court
also awarded a running royalty of 10% on the apportioned sales
of the accused products and their successors for a period of
three years, followed by a second three-year term with a running
royalty of 5% on such sales, resulting in a total damages award
of $2,657,941,011 to $3,253,585,041. The damages award is the
largest award of any U.S. patent case to date.
Court’s ruling affirms the opportunity for innovative companies
like ours to develop solutions for the largest market
opportunities,” said Steven Rogers, CEO of Centripetal Networks.
“We’ve worked toward a paradigm shift in security through our
development of the fundamental technologies behind CleanINTERNET.
We believe these technologies are important for the country.
Without the protection of a patent an emerging company could
never take on big important challenges like these. We are
grateful to the court for affirming this.”
“So many in our company have worked in communications security
and intelligence their entire careers,” said Jonathan Rogers,
COO of Centripetal Networks. “We offer the best and most
advanced intelligence solutions on the market. From this point
forward we will continue to add researchers, engineers, and
security analysts to the Centripetal team. We want to ensure the
problem of cyber-security is marginalized and we’re going to
make the investments necessary to do that.”
"We are disappointed with the trial court's decision given the
substantial evidence of non-infringement, invalidity and that
Cisco's innovations predate the patents by many years," Cisco