Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 6, 2018




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


0-18225   77-0059951


File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, California   95134-1706
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(408) 526-4000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)



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Item 8.01.

Other Events.

On August 6, 2018, Cisco Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) and Arista Networks, Inc. (“Arista”) entered into a binding Term Sheet resolving, except as described below, all of the outstanding litigation between the companies. The terms material to the Company are as follows:



Arista shall pay $400 million to the Company, which would be reflected in the Company’s first quarter fiscal 2019 results.



The Company will not assert against Arista patents that were included in the litigation as long as Arista shall continue to implement workarounds it had put in place to certain of those patents.



For three years (subject to earlier termination in some circumstances), any claim regarding patent infringement of any new products, or new features of existing products, will be resolved by an arbitration process; the process will not apply to claims of copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation or certain other claims.



For five years, neither party will bring an action against the other for patent or copyright (except for any claims of source code misappropriation) infringement regarding their respective products currently on the market.



Certain limited changes shall be implemented by Arista to its user interfaces for operation of its products; and the parties will continue to undertake the appeal of the ruling in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California regarding copyright infringement, with further limited changes if the case is remanded or reversed.

This filing may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding future events and the future financial performance of Cisco that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of factors, including: timing of the payment associated with the settlement and other factors listed in Cisco’s most recent reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K. The financial information contained in this filing should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in Cisco’s most recent reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, as each may be amended from time to time. Any projections in this filing are based on limited information currently available to Cisco, which is subject to change. Cisco undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated: August 6, 2018     By:  

/s/ Evan Sloves

    Name:   Evan Sloves
    Title:   Secretary