ITC determines ‘456 patent asserted by Avago not infringed.
Mellanox® 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 April 17, 2014, the U.S. International Trade commission (ITC) issued its Final Determination ruling that Mellanox’s Active Optical Cable products and VCSEL drivers do not infringe Avago’s U.S. Patent Number 5,596,456, directed to a laser driver, which was asserted against Mellanox by Avago in an ITC complaint (Inv. No. 337-TA-860) filed in September 2012.
“We are happy with the ITC’s ruling, which confirms our position that Mellanox and IPtronics do not infringe the key patent at issue in the case,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “Our customers can expect to continue receiving the same quality products that they have relied upon historically from Mellanox.”
The ITC also affirmed the ALJ ruling that certain Mellanox cable 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 and issued a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders with respect to those products. The VCSELs in the products at issue are supplied to Mellanox by third parties.
These orders, however, will not interrupt Mellanox’s ability to supply cables or otherwise impact Mellanox’s current or planned product offerings. Those orders are also not expected to have a material adverse effect on the company’s business, financial position, results of operations or cash flow.