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12/21/2012

Cooley Clears Websense of Alleged Patent Infringement

San Diego, Calif. – December 21, 2012 – Cooley LLP announced today that it received a jury verdict in favor of Websense Inc., a San Diego maker of corporate security software, in a patent infringement case pending before a jury in Delaware federal court. 

Finjan Inc., a provider of secure Web gateway solutions, sued Websense along with similar security software companies Symantec Corp., Sophos Inc., McAfee Inc., and Webroot Inc., claiming that each company infringed on Finjan's patents. Finjan sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. 
 
Following the three-week long trial, Chief Judge Sleet and the jurors agreed with the Cooley team, which argued that Websense's security products do not extract a list of suspicious computer operations at the gateway of a computer network, and, therefore, do not infringe on Finjan's patents.

The Cooley team was led by litigation partner Tony Stiegler and included partner John Kyle, and associates Paul Batcher, Brian Lam, Erin Goodsell, José Rodriguez, and Jennifer Fontaine

"We are tremendously appreciative of the entire effort involved to win this important case," said Christian Waage, General Counsel at Websense. "Tony and the Cooley team were superb."

In addition to its finding of noninfringement, the jury found that the two patents in the suit, Finjan's ‘194 and ‘962 patents were also invalid. Webroot and McAfee settled their suits earlier this year.

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