Jury finds for Finjan in patent suit against Secure Computing

A U.S. District Court of Delaware jury has found that Secure Computing, and its subsidiaries CyberGuard and Webwasher, infringed three patents that Finjan Software created over the past decade.

The jury ruled that the Finjan patents were willfully infringed by Secure Computing, CyberGuard and Webwasher, and it awarded Finjan damages on past sales of the products at a royalty rate of 16 percent of the Webwashers software, 8 percent of the Webwasher appliance and 8 percent of the CyberGuard TSP appliance.

"We are pleased with the jury's decision. We will continue to focus our resources on leading the security industry against the latest wave of cybercrime," said John Vigouroux, President & CEO of Finjan.

"We are pleased with the validation of our patents by the jury," added Finjan CTO Yuval Ben-Itzhak.

At presstime, Secure Computing did not respond to a request for comment from

In filing its lawsuit in 2006, Finjan sought an injunction against Secure Computing, CyberGuard and Webwasher, "from continued sales of the Webwasher Secure Content Management software suite, and for damages for their willful infringement of Finjan's intellectual property."

The patent in question, which Finjan applied for on Nov. 8, 1996, concerns systems used to protect a network from hostile downloads and malicious code.

Secure Computing completed its acquisition of CyberGuard in January for $295 million. Webwasher, a content security suite, was a CyberGuard product line and is now sold by Secure Computing.

Finjan is partially owned by Microsoft, which purchased a non-exclusive worldwide license for some Finjan patents last year.

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