Finjan lawsuit not our doing, says new owner

M86 Security says it doesn't endorse ex-owner's patent lawsuit

The company that bought out Finjan, M86 Security, has distanced itself from the patent lawsuit enveloping several antivirus vendors and the FSI, the company that retained Finjan's patents after the sale to M86.

M86 issued the following statement about the case:

"M86 Security acquired the technology, people and operating assets of Finjan. The ownership of the patents remained with FSI Inc and M86 acquired a licence to use the patents. The original suit against Secure Computing, now McAfee, we understand is still being pursued by FSI Inc. This recent action appears to be related to new infringement suits.

"M86 Security is issuing this statement to clarify that it is not affiliated in any way with the lawsuit recently filed by FSI."

The lawsuit launched by FSI this week alleges infringements of intellectual property by a range of security companies, including Symantec, McAfee, Sophos, Websense and Webroot Software.

Before its acquisition by M86 Security, Israel-based Finjan had beenengaged in a long-running patent suit with Secure Computing, and then with McAfee, which bought Secure Computing in 2008.

Given that the original case remained barely resolved between 2006 when it was launched, and 2009, when most of Finjan's assets were bought, the new case could take just as long.

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