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F5 Networks and IBM Sign Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement

Industry leaders share patented inventions to build upon unique strengths in the market

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of secure Application Traffic Management products, today announced a patent cross-licensing agreement between F5 Networks and IBM Corporation. Under the terms of the agreement, F5 gains access to IBM's patents relating to Application Traffic Management and IBM gains access to F5's patent portfolio.

"IBM's interest in licensing our patent portfolio is a strong validation of the value F5's patents hold within the industry," said John McAdam, President and CEO at F5 Networks. "We are pleased to have access to IBM's considerable patent portfolio and will continue to explore ways in which we can work together in the future."

Specific terms of the cross-licensing agreement are confidential.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks keeps IP-based traffic flowing and business information always available to any user from any device, anywhere in the world. Our products ensure secure and reliable access to servers and the applications that run on them. F5 also provide tools to automate communications between applications and the network, eliminating tedious, manual processes.

As the pioneers of intelligent load balancing, F5's continued innovations help businesses optimize and protect their IT investments. Our mission is to ensure the availability, scalability, performance, and security of IT resources that enterprises require to successfully do business. Over 6,000 enterprises and service providers rely on F5 solutions to keep their businesses running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to

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