Cisco’s board of directors has dropped a “poison pill” defense three years earlier than plan, the networking giant disclosed in an SEC filing this week.

However, Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) said the move was not an indication of any pending takeover or change in ownership, according to media reports. The plan had been adopted in 1998.

Penelope Bruce, a Cisco spokeswoman, told The Associated Press that board felt that the plan “was not appropriate — given its size and position in the industry.”

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