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JURY DECIDES CISCO DIDN’T INFRINGE PATENT A San Francisco jury on Tuesday found that Cisco Systems Inc. did not infringe a patent held by Storage Technology Corp. and that the patent is invalid. The federal jury heard closing arguments in StorageTek’s suit against Cisco on Monday morning and deliberated less than three hours before issuing a verdict Tuesday. “The speed of the verdict is a clear indicator that they just didn’t feel the other side had a credible story,” said Cisco attorney Matthew Powers, a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Powers said it is incredibly rare for a jury to issue a verdict of invalidity and non-infringement and it “suggests an across-the-board distrust” of StorageTek’s claims. StorageTek said it was disappointed by the verdict. “We are currently reviewing our options,” said company spokesman Jeremy Story. “At this point, it would be premature to speculate as to what our next steps will be.” StorageTek claimed that Cisco infringed its patent covering the way networking equipment handles and routes packets of information. Powers said StorageTek initially sought $3 billion in damages — 5 percent of $60 billion from sales of certain Cisco products. But in closing arguments Monday, StorageTek attorney Ernie Brooks, of the Southfield, Mich., firm Brooks Kushman, asked the jury to award damages of $322.8 million. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston had granted Cisco’s motion for summary judgment in 2002. But the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found she had erred in constructing terms in one of two patents originally at issue and sent the case back for further consideration. — Brenda Sandburg

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