Mighty Cisco sues upstart Arista


A few months before taking her company public this summer, Arista Networks [fortune-stock symbol=”ANET”] CEO Jayshree Ullal told Fortune she’d never compete in a “conventional way” against Cisco [fortune-stock symbol=”CSCO”], where she worked for more than a decade. Having built Cisco’s enterprise business, she said, “it would take me 15 years and 15,000 engineers, and that’s not a recipe for success.”

Cisco, whose stock has been stuck forever but whose market value exceeds $140 billion, has decided that not only is pesky upstart Arista competing against it but that Arista is doing so with Cisco’s technology. Cisco filed suit Friday against Arista for patent and copyright infringement, alleging that Arista has copied everything from Cisco product features to the language in Cisco’s operating manuals, typos and grammatical errors and all. “Our success is built on using our innovation engine to lead in the marketplace,” Cisco General Counsel Mark Chandler wrote…

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