SOURCE: AirTight Networks

January 09, 2007 08:00 ET

United States Patent Office Awards Second AirTight® Patent

Judge Rejects Competitor's Interference Motion

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 9, 2007 -- AirTight Networks™, the leading provider of wireless intrusion prevention solutions, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded a second patent No. 7,154,874 to AirTight in the area of wireless intrusion prevention technology. This second patent is a continuation of AirTight's first patent and extends the scope of AirTight's WIPS intellectual property.

This second patent was issued today despite an attempt by AirDefense to involve the patent in the interference proceedings presently pending between AirTight and Air Defense in the USPTO. Air Defense's proposed motion to involve the patent in the interference was rejected by the USPTO patent judge responsible for the interference.

"AirTight's second patent builds on the fundamental building blocks of an effective WIPS," said Dr. Hemant Chaskar, director of technology at AirTight Networks. "With two core patents in hands, AirTight has acquired IP ownership of key WIPS building blocks, namely,

--  predictive planning for WLAN security exposure analysis
--  detecting and correctly classifying wireless threats -- to catch all
    threats, while minimizing false alarms
--  automatically preventing (multiple, simultaneous) wireless threats --
    while continuing to scan for new ones
--  accurately locating the wireless threats on a floor map -- so they can
    be removed."
"The USPTO's grant of the second patent is a strong affirmation of AirTight's intellectual property position," said Dr. Pravin Bhagwat, chief technology officer of AirTight Networks. "We have more than 20 US and International patent applications in the pipeline which are also expected to be granted in the near future."

"AirTight is continuing to pursue a leadership strategy in the intellectual property and patent arena," said David King, chairman and CEO of AirTight Networks. "The first patent issued by the USPTO in the wireless intrusion prevention area -- was to AirTight, and this additional patent expands the scope and reinforces the strength of the first patent. While several of our competitors are playing catch up both on the IP front as well as on product functionality, AirTight is continuing to invest in inventing, developing, marketing, and supporting the best WIPS solution in the market."

AirTight Networks' family of products includes SpectraGuard® Enterprise, SpectraGuard MNC, SpectraGuard Sentry, SpectraGuard Planner, and SpectraGuard SAFE (Security Agent For Endpoints) products. As shown in the February 2006 Tolly Group report, the March 2006 Information Security Magazine review, a May 2006 Gartner MarketScope report, and a May 2006 Tower group report, AirTight's SpectraGuard Enterprise outperforms its competitors in wireless intrusion prevention functionality.

About AirTight Networks

Founded in 2002, AirTight Networks is the leader in wireless intrusion prevention and performance management (WIPPM) solutions. AirTight Networks' SpectraGuard® family of WIPPM products and services provides enterprises and service providers with patented around-the-clock wireless monitoring and automatic intrusion prevention, while managing wireless LAN network performance for maximum capacity and uptime. The SpectraGuard family of products is the industry's only solution that correctly classifies wireless devices and events; and automatically identifies, automatically stops, and accurately locates wireless security risks and attacks. AirTight Networks is a privately held company based in Mountain View, CA. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

AirTight Networks, and the AirTight Networks logo are trademarks, and AirTight and SpectraGuard are registered trademarks of AirTight Networks, Inc.

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