|[January 16, 2014]
ITC Rules Mellanox Did Not Infringe Avago's VCSEL Driver Patent
SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel --(Business Wire)--
Mellanox (News - Alert)® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of
high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center
services and storage systems, announced today that, on December 13,
2013, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of the U.S. International Trade
commission (ITC) found that Mellanox's production and sale of its Active
Optical Cable products do not infringe Avago's U.S. Patent Number
5,596,456, directed to a VCSEL driver, which was asserted against
Mellanox by Avago in an ITC complaint (Inv. No. 337-TA-860) filed in
In the investigation, Avago sought a ruling that the IPtronics' drivers
utilized in active optical cable products infringed the '456 patent. The
decision by the ALJ in its initial determination that the IPtronics'
drivers do not infringe the '456 patent is a positive outcome for
Mellanox and its customers.
"We are pleased with the ALJ's ruling, which supports our position that
Mellanox and IPtronics do not infringe the key patent at issue in the
case," said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mllanox Technologies.
"Our customers can expect to continue receiving the same quality
products that they have relied upon historically from Mellanox."
The ALJ did make a finding, however, that certain Mellanox products that
contain a particular type of vertical cavity surface emitting laser
("VCSEL") do infringe another of Avago's patents, US Patent No.
5,596,595, directed to a VCSEL. Mellanox has asked the ITC to review
this initial finding, because, in Mellanox's opinion, the ALJ did not
follow the law in construing the claims under the '595 patent. The final
determination on this issue is not expected until mid-April. The VCSELs
in the products at issue are supplied to Mellanox by third parties.
The proceedings and final resolution of the issues raised by Avago in
the ITC are not currently expected to impact Mellanox's current or
planned product offerings or have a material adverse effect on the
company's business, financial position, results of operations or cash
Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and
Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage.
Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by
providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data
faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability.
Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters,
switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application
runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets
including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0,
cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.
Mellanox is a registered trademark of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. All
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