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Security Companies Using Patent Infringement Lawsuits For Blasting Each Other

According to the news published in Information week on June 1, 2007, two computer security companies Finjan Software Ltd and Secure Computing corp. are filing law suits against each other because of a conflict over patent.

Finjan is of the view that the lawsuits were all about method and devices, which used to protect the PC from unknown and harmful codes. Further, Finjan is known to own 12.5 US patents associated with the security of cyber.

Responding to the move of Finjan, Secure Computing - holding 80 patents all over the world - counterattacked Finjan by filing Patent infringement in Delaware.

On 30 May 2007, Secure Computing filed a patent infringement and unfair competition lawsuit against a web security company, Finjan, which is located in US district in Minnesota. In response to this, Finjan also filed a patent infringement, in the district court of Delaware, against Secure Computing and its subsidiaries, Web washer in US and Cyber shot.

In the suit, Secure Computing reports that its US patent number 7,171,681 has been violated by Finjan's load balancing security solutions and its prominent security load balancer NG-5300. It also claims that Finjan has violated false advertising acts and unfair competition.

According to the news published in Dark reading on May 30, 2007, Yuval Ben-Itzhak, Finjan's chief technology officer has made up his mind to announce the threats not disclosed by Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center (MCRC) on Monday, June 4 at the Gartner IT security summit in Washington D.C.

Secure Computing's demand for financial concession was caused by Finjan's illegal access to Secure Computing's patent technology and for Finjan's false use of advertising statements.

A spokeswoman of Finjan refused to comment on the lawsuit of Finjan. The company did not reveal anything about the money it was seeking in the lawsuit, in the District court of Delaware.

Secure Computing's spokesperson did not comment on Finjan's legal claim.

Microsoft corp. partly owns Finjan and has made patent lawsuit reforms in early 2005. Further, Microsoft has possessed a minority stake in the company and has licensed Finjan's security patents in July 2005.

From 2005, Microsoft has a heavy voice with regards to changes in the present US system, which includes damages and limiting patent infringement.

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