Crossroads Systems Files to Appeal Recent Patent Decisions

Feb 22, 2016, 16:48 ET from Crossroads Systems

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS) today announced that it has filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit related to the Final Written Decisions regarding IPRs 2014-01207 and 2014-01209. On January 29, 2016 the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") of the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued decisions in the inter partes review proceedings ("IPR") initiated against U.S. Patent No. 7,051,147 related to technology Crossroads considers fundamental to secure and efficient access to network storage systems.

IPRs 2014-01207 and 2014-01209 challenged the validity of the '147 patent in response to Crossroads' lawsuit alleging patent infringement by Oracle and others, and the decision stated that all patent claims subject to the IPR are unpatentable. 

The issues on appeal include, but are not limited to, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's application and use of the broadest reasonable interpretation standard, claim construction, determination of unpatentability of claims 1-39 of U.S. Patent No. 7,051,147 under 35 U.S.C. § 103, any finding or determination supporting or related to those issues, as well as all other issues decided adversely to Crossroads in any orders, decisions, rulings, and opinions.

The Company is reviewing the other adverse IPR decisions and considering 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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Crossroads Systems
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