DPI Consortium Launches Curated Prior Art Database

Freely Available Information Helps Improve Patent Quality and Deter Frivolous Patent Challenges

WESTFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The recently announced DPI Consortium today launched its prior art database consisting of more than 1600 items related to Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology for assuring the health and security of networks and the applications and services that run on them.

The freely available prior art database includes links to four decades’ worth of product data sheets, articles, patents, and web pages from the Internet Archive. The library of material is available to help companies defend against frivolous patent assertion entity lawsuits by making available prior art that can be referenced in challenging patents that were issued in error or are being asserted improperly. The fully searchable database can be accessed via the DPI Consortium website. The database is hosted on the Zotero platform, which is used by researchers in many different disciplines.

“DPI technology has been around for many decades, but it has seen renewed interest in recent years as companies try to solve complex application and cybersecurity challenges,” stated Paul Barrett, CTO of Enterprise for NETSCOUT and president of the DPI Consortium. “As a result, we see new patent applications based on old technology and patents of questionable validity being asserted by patent assertion entities. The DPI Consortium aims to improve DPI patent quality by providing a resource for patent examiners worldwide and for organizations defending against PAE activity. NetScout is proud to support this effort.”

“No prior art database can be complete, but this database was guided by the DPI Consortium’s advisory board and experienced patent attorneys to provide starting points for those who want to determine the validity of patent claims,” stated Google’s VP and Chief Internet Evangelist and DPI Consortium advisory board member, Vint Cerf. “It supports the consortium’s mission and is a model that other technology sectors could readily adopt.”

NETSCOUT is the founding member of the DPI Consortium. Companies involved with networking are encouraged to get involved. For more membership information, contact the DPI Consortium.

About the DPI Consortium

As an independent, non-profit, 501(c)(6) tax-exempt membership organization, the DPI Consortium’s mission is to provide a clearinghouse for publicly available educational resources related to the history of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology to improve patent quality, deter frivolous patent assertion entity claims, and support the patent challenges of its members. Learn more at https://dpiconsortium.org/



Maribel Lopez

Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communications

NETSCOUT Systems, Inc.

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