Crossroads Systems Announces Decisions in IPR Challenges

Jan 29, 2016, 16:05 ET from Crossroads Systems

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS) today announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") of the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued five decisions in the inter partes review proceedings ("IPR") initiated against two of Crossroads' patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 6,425,035 and 7,051,147) related to technology Crossroads considers fundamental to secure and efficient access to network storage systems.

IPR 2014-01197 and IPR 2014-01226 challenged the validity of the '035 patent in response to Crossroads' lawsuits alleging patent infringement.  While the decision in IPR 2014-01197 confirmed the validity of all patent claims subject to that IPR, the decision in IPR 2014-01226 stated such claims are unpatentable. IPR 2014-01207, IPR 2014-01209 and IPR 2014-01544 challenged the validity of the '147 patent in response to Crossroads' lawsuits alleging patent infringement, and the decisions each stated that all patent claims subject to each respective IPR are unpatentable. 

The Company is reviewing these decisions and will consider future actions accordingly.

Crossroads anticipates receiving a final decision in one additional pending IPR proceeding by March 17, 2016. 

About Crossroads Systems Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS) is a global provider of data storage solutions. Through the innovative use of new technologies, Crossroads delivers customer-driven solutions that enable proactive data security, advanced data archiving, optimized performance and significant cost-savings. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Austin, TX, Crossroads has been awarded more than 100 patents and has been honored with numerous industry awards for data archiving, storage and protection. Visit www.crossroads.com.

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