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Finjan Holdings (Finjan) is a publicly traded company on NASDAQ (FNJN) which centers on licensing of intellectual property. Finjan claims to own patented technology used in enterprise web security tools. Finjan has filed a large number of lawsuits against leading software security companies asserting its patents including against: Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, Blue Coat Systems, Sophos, Trend Micro, ESET, Bitdefender, Check Point , Qualys, Rapid7, Fortinet and others. As such, Finjan has been named a Patent troll.
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The original hardware and software divisions of Finjan were acquired by M86 Security in 2009. Finjan continues to hold patents for various Web security technologies and licenses these patents to Trustwave (formerly M86) among others. Finjan's commitment to innovation in the security space continues through its investments which have culminated in the recent launch of Finjan's consulting services business, CybeRisk development of mobile applications for the consumer through its subsidiary Finjan Mobile and incubation of up-and-coming technology startups pioneering a new generation of security technologies through the company's investment in Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) Fund VII's Cyber Labs, having invested alongside companies like Cisco and other technology companies. The company is headquartered in East Palo Alto, California.
Finjan was founded in 1997 by Shlomo Touboul, a serial entrepreneur who founded his first company, Shani Computers, in 1985 and sold it to Intel in 1994. He then worked for Intel for a while, before starting Finjan. In 1998 Touboul decided to bring in an experienced seasoned CEO, who would be able to develop and grow the company more quickly, he then left to start his own venture capital fund.
In 2001, the company ran into financial difficulties and Touboul was asked by the board of directors to rejoin the company as CEO. Touboul realigned the company's strategy, moving away from developing only software solutions to combined hardware and software security appliances; additionally, the company moved to a channel sales model. In December 2002 Finjan acquired the assets of Alchemedia, a software developer with a DRM product called Clever Content, and several DRM patents; Alchemedia also had ties to Israel, as its founder Daniel Schreiber was Israeli, though the company was technically headquartered in the Dallas area. In 2005, following disagreements with the board, Touboul left again and started a new company Yoggie Security Systems.
In November 2009 the hardware and software divisions of Finjan were sold to M86 Security, a global computer security firm based in Orange, California with international headquarters in London and offices worldwide. M86 was subsequently acquired by Trustwave, who still use Finjan's technology patents under a licensing agreement.
Finjan appliances are now sold as Trustwave Secure Web Gateway.
In June 2013, Finjan became a publicly traded company capitalized with $30M, installed a new management team, and began a more focused program to license the Company's landmark intellectual property. In May 2014, Finjan was listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the trading symbol "FNJN" where we continue to trade today.
Finjan's initial shareholders included Cisco, Microsoft, Bessemer Venture Partners, Benchmark Capital, HarbourVest Partners and Israel Seed Partners. In November 2008, the company secured an additional investment of $22M, which brought the total capital invested in Finjan since its founding to $67 million. In June 2013, Finjan became a publicly traded company capitalized with $30M, installed a new management team, and began a more focused program to license the Company's landmark intellectual property. In May 2014, Finjan was listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the trading symbol "FNJN".
Intellectual property and technologyEdit
Finjan claims to have invented the concept of proactive content security with behavior-based content analysis technology, a claim not shared by others. This and other selected technology patents were licensed to Microsoft in July 2005. In April 2009, Finjan's intellectual property portfolio included granted and pending patents in the areas of behavior-based security and digital rights management. Finjan's portfolio includes processes that enable networks to execute security plans that counteract the effects of polymorphic code designed to hide malware.
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