SOURCE: Finjan Holdings

Finjan Holdings

March 24, 2016 08:30 ET

Finjan Awarded 27th U.S. Patent No. 9,294,493 for Computer Security Method and System With Input Parameter Validation

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Rules on 2 of Palo Alto Networks' 13 Petitions for Inter Partes Review

EAST PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 24, 2016) - Finjan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNJN), a cybersecurity company, and its subsidiary Finjan, Inc. ("Finjan") announced that on March 22, 2016, the United States Patent & Trademark Office ("USPTO") issued U.S. Patent No. 9,294,493 ("the '493 Patent") to subsidiary Finjan, entitled "Computer Security Method and system with Input Parameter Validation".

"The issuance of the '493 Patent brings our organically grown cybersecurity portfolio to 27 U.S. patents, proving that our core technology is sustainable, worthy of patent protection, and increases the value of our portfolio to our licensees and prospective licensees," commented Julie Mar-Spinola, Finjan Holding's Chief IP Officer.

Separately, on March 21, 2016, the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") granted Palo Alto Networks' Petition to institute invalidity proceedings to hear evidence and argument on whether certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,141,154 ("the "154 Patent") are invalid in light of prior art asserted by Palo Alto Networks (IPR2015-01979).

In contrast, on March 23, 2016, the PTAB rejected Palo Alto Networks, Inc.'s petition for IPR (IPR2015-02000) of Finjan's U.S. Patent No. 7,418,731 ("the '731 Patent"). Specifically, the PTAB held that Palo Alto Networks failed to demonstrate a reasonable likelihood that it would prevail in proving that any of the claims of the '731 Patent is invalid.

 "With respect to the two separate decisions by PTAB regarding Palo Alto Networks'petitions for IPR, we are eager to prove once more that the '154 Patent is patentable over prior art asserted by Palo Alto Networks, and satisfied with the PTAB's reconfirmation of the validity of the '731 Patent in its entirety," said Mar-Spinola.

Palo Alto Networks filed a total of 13 IPRs against 10 of Finjan's asserted patents, with 11 IPR Petitions pending before the PTAB. Three petitions are expected to be decided by the PTAB by April 6, 2016, and the remaining eight petitions are expected to be decided by the PTAB by May 17, 2016.

Summary of Palo Alto Networks' IPR challenges against Finjan Patents:

'154 Patent - IPR2015-01547: Instituted
'731 Patent - IPR2015-02000: Denied

Finjan also has pending infringement lawsuits against FireEye, Inc., Proofpoint Inc., Symantec Corp., Sophos, Inc., and Blue Coat Systems, Inc. relating to, collectively, more than 20 patents in the Finjan portfolio. The court dockets for the foregoing cases are publicly available on the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) website,, which is operated by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Established nearly 20 years ago, Finjan is a globally recognized leader in cybersecurity. Finjan's inventions are embedded within a strong portfolio of patents focusing on software and hardware technologies capable of proactively detecting previously unknown and emerging threats on a real-time, behavior-based basis. Finjan continues to grow through investments in innovation, strategic acquisitions, and partnerships promoting economic advancement and job creation. For more information, please visit

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