December 06, 2006 10:57 ET
BlueArc Successfully Defends Intellectual Property, Winning Network Appliance Lawsuit
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of BlueArc Defense
SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 6, 2006 -- BlueArc® Corporation, the world leader in
network storage innovation, today announced that the United States Court of
Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed the lower court's decision to
dismiss the patent infringement lawsuit filed against the company by
This litigation began in August 2003, when Network Appliance filed a case
against BlueArc in the United States District Court for the Northern
District of California. The lawsuit derived from Network Appliance's July
2003 acquisition of Auspex Corporation's patent portfolio, following the
"We are pleased that the courts have confirmed what our customers and
partners know, defending our significant intellectual property and
recognizing our key technology differentiation," said Mike Gustafson,
president and CEO of BlueArc. "Despite these legal attacks by a key
competitor, BlueArc has continued to achieve impressive customer, revenue
and market share growth in the past three years and our Titan 2000 network
storage system continues to deliver real-world benefits far beyond anything
else on the market."
BlueArc's Titan 2000 network storage systems feature a unique, modular,
hardware architecture, based on programmable logic devices and distributed
memory, enabling massive parallelization and separation of function.
Breaking away from the decades-old Von Neumann architecture found in the
overwhelming majority of traditional CPU-based filers was necessary to
eliminate inherent bottlenecks in the CPU, memory, PCI bus, and software
stacks. BlueArc Titan systems are designed to support wire-speed access to
shared network storage resources accelerating applications or enabling
massive file server consolidation. More than 200 customers in a wide
variety of industries worldwide are able to achieve tasks previously
unattainable from alternative vendors.
The suit focused on three patents initially held by Auspex, including U.S.
Patent numbers 5,802,366 and 5,931,918, relating to a "Parallel I/O network
file server architecture," and U.S. Patent 6,065,037, for a "multiple
software-facility component operating system for co-operative processor
control within a multiprocessor computer system." BlueArc's unique hardware
architecture was found not to have infringed any valid claim of the
In May of 2005, BlueArc successfully defended its position at the district
court level, successfully disposing of all asserted claims of all three
patents asserted against the company. This win led to Network Appliance's
subsequent appeal to the higher court, which affirmed the district court's
finding that BlueArc is not liable for infringement of any valid claim.
BlueArc is the world leader in network storage innovation. BlueArc's Titan
storage system family delivers unparalleled performance, scalability and
simplicity, enabling customers to accelerate their digital world. Utilizing
a unique patented architecture, Titan customers can achieve tasks
impossible with alternative systems, implementing tomorrow's solutions
today. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, California with European
operations based in Bracknell, England. More information on BlueArc is
available on the Internet at www.bluearc.com.