SOURCE: Fortinet

March 01, 2007 12:00 ET

Fortinet Adds Five Patents to Its Growing Intellectual Property Portfolio

Fortinet Also Announces Acquisition of All Remaining Technology Assets From CoSine Communications

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 1, 2007 -- Fortinet®, a pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company five additional patents for networking inventions. The patents are part of the intellectual property Fortinet acquired from CoSine Communications, Inc., in May 2006. Additionally, Fortinet recently completed a follow-on transaction whereby the company acquired all of the remaining technology assets of CoSine Communications, including all their software and hardware designs, switching systems and all other ancillary equipment, engineering and support laboratory, and all associated legacy data and support capabilities. Additional terms of the deal are confidential.

The newly awarded patents strengthen Fortinet's intellectual property portfolio, and provide the company with ownership of key innovations that address critical management, storage, measurement and network performance needs of the enterprise and managed service provider markets. Fortinet now holds eight patents and has more than 70 pending patent applications.

Three of the new patents granted to Fortinet address managing network services in a multi-site or multi-customer configuration -- specifically, the storage and management of separate configurations, the measurement of service usage for quality and accounting purposes, and use of individual network management interfaces to control virtualized services. These include: U.S. Patent #7,159,031 - Remote Customer Management of Virtual Routers Allocated to the Customer; U.S. Patent #7,161,904 - System and Method for Hierarchical Metering in a Virtual Router Based Network Switch; and U.S. Patent #7,174,372 - System and Method for Managing Router Metadata.

The other two new patents granted to Fortinet address how packets and packet flows are routed within a system, and how nodes within a distributed network share topology information. These include: U.S. Patent # 7,177,311 - System and Method for Routing Traffic Through a Virtual Router-Based Network Switch; and U.S. Patent # 7,181,547 - Identifying Nodes in a Ring Network.

"The technology embodied in these patents is essential to operating and managing network security with high performance on a large scale, particularly in very-dispersed enterprises and managed security service provider environments," said Ken Xie, Fortinet founder, president and CEO. "The recent acquisition of CoSine Communications' remaining assets offers new technology and sales opportunities for Fortinet and we are currently evaluating these possibilities."

Fortinet's market-leading FortiGate family of ASIC-accelerated multi-threat security systems are the flagship of the company's solutions suite. FortiGate systems deliver comprehensive network and content protection to enterprises and service providers of all sizes through the integration of eight essential security applications and services, including antivirus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-spam, anti-spyware, Web filtering and traffic shaping. FortiGate systems are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuard™ subscription services, which provide continuous updates to help protect against the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, and other threats.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

Fortinet is the pioneer and market-leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified threat management systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, Web content filtering, VPN, spyware prevention and antispam -- providing customers a way to protect multiple threats as well as blended threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified eight times over by the ICSA (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IDS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

Fortinet is a registered trademark of Fortinet, Inc. Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiOS, FortiAnalyzer, FortiASIC, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiWiFi, FortiGuard, FortiClient, and FortiReporter are trademarks of the Fortinet, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

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