Update on SSH patent licensing program

Helsinki, Finland, 2016-04-29 13:00 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SSH COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY CORPORATION COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT APRIL 29, 2016 AT 02:00 P.M.

Update on SSH patent licensing program

SSH communicated on 13 May, 2015 about filing a patent litigation against Sony in Germany expecting a ruling in about one year. This is to give some further information on the schedule of the litigation efforts.

The decision in the Germany patent litigation initiated by SSH is expected to be available in fall 2016.

Sony has, as a normal procedure in these cases, also filed a nullity suit in Germany challenging the validity of the SSH patent EP 2254311 in suit. Decision in this case is expected to be available during 2017.

In addition to its counteraction in Germany, Sony has filed cases challenging the validity of SSH patents in the UK and in the US.

In the UK, Sony filed an invalidity suit on the UK patent on EP 2254311, and in response to that, SSH filed a patent infringement claim against Sony also in the UK. The decision in these UK cases is expected to be available in fall 2016.

In the US, Sony has initiated so called Inter Parties Review regarding validity of SSH patent US 8,544,079. The decision is expected to be available in about one year.

SSH believes in the strength of its cases in all the litigations described above while acknowledging certain uncertainty related to litigations.

SSH continues to negotiate with multiple parties about licensing its patents to players in the smartphone and laptop industry under confidentiality agreements.

“We are more committed than ever to protect our intellectual property preferring license arrangements without litigation whenever possible“, said Erkki Yli-Juuti, Vice President, Intellectual Property at SSH Communications Security.


Helsinki, April 29th, 2016

SSH COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY CORPORATION

Tatu Ylönen Chief Executive Officer

Distribution: NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Oy Major media www.ssh.com

Further information: Erkki Yli-Juuti, VP, Intellectual Property, +358 40 561 3202 Jyrki Lalla, CFO, +358 45 340 4641

About SSH Communications Security As the inventor of the SSH protocol, we have a twenty-year history of leading the market in developing advanced security solutions that enable, monitor, and manage encrypted networks. Over 3,000 customers across the globe trust the company’s encryption, access control and encrypted channel monitoring solutions to meet complex compliance requirements, improve their security posture and save on operational costs. SSH Communications Security is headquartered in Helsinki and has offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The company’s shares (SSH1V) are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. For more information, visit www.ssh.com