Case IPR2013-00369 Patent 7,107,612 B1 3
Alto Networks, Inc
., No. 11-1258-SLR (D. Del.)
(the “Concurrent Litigation”)
. Pet. 10.
The application for the ’612 patent
, filed July 19, 2004, was a continuation of an application, filed March 15, 2000, that issued as U.S.
Patent No. 6,772,347 (“the ’347 patent”)
. The application that issued as the
was a continuation-in-part of an application, filed April 1, 1999,
that issued as U.S. Patent No. 6,701,432 (“the ’432 patent”).
asserts that because claims of the ’612 patent are directed to
new matter added to the continuation-in-
part application for the ’347 patent, the earliest
priority date for the
’612 patent is March 15, 2000. Pet. 1.
Patent Owner has not contended
that the ’612 patent is entitled to a
n earlier priority date. Prelim. Resp. 4. T
he ’612 patent, titled “Method, Apparatus and Computer Program Product for a Network Firewall,”
relates to methods and network devices for providing network security, and describes an improved firewall that includes both conventional fixed rules and dynamic rule generation. Ex. 1001, Abstract, 1:16-19.
The ’612 patent states “a firewall is a device that can be coupled in
-line between a public network and a private network for screening packets
received from the public network.”
. at 1:59-61. A packet is the fundamental unit of transfer in a packet switch communication system.
. at 1:25-26.
“A packet switch communication system includes a network of one or more routers connecting a plurality of users.”
. at 1:23-24. In a