Zone Labs Sues Sygate for Patent Infringement Legal Filing Seeks to Protect Intellectual Property Created by Zone Labs

Zone Labs Sues Sygate for Patent Infringement Legal Filing Seeks to Protect Intellectual Property Created by Zone Labs

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 15, 2001–Zone Labs Inc., a leading creator of Internet security solutions, today announced that it has filed a patent infringement complaint against Sygate in the federal district court for the Northern District of California. In its filing, the San Francisco company alleges that Sygate Technologies, Inc. is infringing upon U.S. Patent No. 5,987,611 and seeks an injunction to prevent Sygate from continuing the infringement as well as monetary damages.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Patent No. 5,987,611 to Zone Labs on November 16, 1999 for managing and controlling access to open networks such as the Internet. Zone Labs utilizes the technology underlying this patent as the basis for its enterprise security solutions. Zone Labs filed its patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 6, 1997, based upon a provisional patent application filed December 31, 1996. In the complaint, Zone Labs has alleged that Sygate’s manufacture, use, distribution and sale of the Sygate “Secure Enterprise” product infringes Zone Labs Patent No. 5,987,611. Zone Labs has retained Morgan Chu of Irell & Manella LLP to represent it in the litigation against Sygate.

“We believe Zone Labs’ patented technology is an important asset and is reflected in the quality products and solutions that we build,” said Irfan Salim, president and chief operating officer of Zone Labs. “Our investments in research and invention form the foundation for our innovative products which provide security for millions of Internet-connected PCs in large enterprises, remote offices and homes.”

Zone Labs develops and markets one of the most powerful families of security products in the industry — products able to substantially reduce vulnerability from both known and unknown threats. Zone Labs’ product line, ZoneAlarm(TM), ZoneAlarm Pro and Zone Labs Integrity(TM), collectively protects more than 15 million Internet-connected PCs.

About Zone Labs Inc.

Zone Labs Inc. is a leading creator of Internet security solutions. Zone Labs’ product line includes the award-winning ZoneAlarm and ZoneAlarm Pro Internet security utilities which millions of PC users have downloaded, making them among the most popular and successful Internet security solutions available. Zone Labs Integrity product is a centrally managed endpoint security solution, protecting corporate data, productivity and reputation from threats such as hackers.

Founded in 1997, Zone Labs is a private company headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., USA. Strategic investors in Zone Labs include noted security luminary John McAfee, founder of McAfee Software, EastWest VentureGroup, Intel Capital, Oxford Bioscience Partners, Pacific Venture Group and Visa International. For more information, please contact Zone Labs at 415/341-8200 or visit

Note to Editors: TrueVector, ZoneAlarm, the Zone Labs logo and Zone Labs Integrity are trademarks of Zone Labs Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

ZoneAlarm Pro has received an Editors Choice from PC Magazine in both 2000 and 2001 as well as a “Best Security Product” award from the editors of PC World and a WinList Award from the editors of ZoneAlarm was awarded a CNET Editors Choice Award, a Home Office Computing Gold award, as well as a Best Buy Award and World Class Award from the editors of PC World in both 2000 and 2001.

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