Wednesday, September 20th 2017

Asetek Loses Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Cooler Master

Asetek, a company known for designing water-cooling solutions for PC hardware that it sometimes licenses to other manufacturers, has lost a patent infringement lawsuit it had levied against Cooler Master. The lawsuit, which looked to impede the sale of Cooler Master products Nepton 120XL, Nepton 240M and Seidoen 120 V v.2, stated that Cooler Master was infringing on Asetek's European EP 1 923 771 patent, which describes a water cooling mechanism. This Asetek patent, filed in November 2004 and finally approved in May 2015, is in itself based on Asetek's older, US-bound patents.

However, The Hague's court has accepted Cooler Master's argument that they too have a similar patent to Asetek's, through a so-called "utility model" that already exists in China, which describes (and patents really show their problems here) the "operation of a water pumping engine device with chamber". The The Hague judge also invalidated Asetek's patent lawsuit on the basis that there was not enough inventiveness to it. Asetek and Cooler Master's legal battles aren't anything new; in 2015, a US-based court ordered Cooler Master to pay Asetek $600,000 for patent infringement. This time, it's the other way around, even though it was still Asetek that started the legal battle: the company now has to pay Cooler Master for their legal expenses, which amount to around €113,000 (~$134,204)
Sources: Tweakers.net, Thans @ P4-630!
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8 Comments on Asetek Loses Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Cooler Master

#2
_Flare
just a "pump in a box", why the heck does anyone believe this is worth a patent ?
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AnarchoPrimitiv
Wow!! That's hilarious considering when Asetek first dropped that lawsuit, I immediately said, "There's no way they'll win, it's the same as if they were trying to patent the wheel, it's way too basic"
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#4
ensabrenoir
.....woah woah woah people... everyone on this forum. The thoughts your having right now has already been thought of by me so before you post anything you must have my permission to use my intelectual property. ...or I'll sue you.....lol gotta be a better way.
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#5
yotano211
I cant believe it took 11 years to approve the patent.
"This Asetek patent, filed in November 2004 and finally approved in May 2015"
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#6
ZeDestructor
yotano211, post: 3727947, member: 103073"
I cant believe it took 11 years to approve the patent.
"This Asetek patent, filed in November 2004 and finally approved in May 2015"
I can't believe it got approved in the first place, so.. yknow...
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
ensabrenoir, post: 3727942, member: 83675"
.....woah woah woah people... everyone on this forum. The thoughts your having right now has already been thought of by me so before you post anything you must have my permission to use my intelectual property. ...or I'll sue you.....lol gotta be a better way.
Hey man stop stealing my thoughts! Lol

Anyways after this I think Asetek might eventually go belly up for this crap
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#8
Chaitanya
AnarchoPrimitiv, post: 3727928, member: 168101"
Wow!! That's hilarious considering when Asetek first dropped that lawsuit, I immediately said, "There's no way they'll win, it's the same as if they were trying to patent the wheel, it's way too basic"
That is exactly what Asetek did with AIO and watercooling, every single watercooling kit on market is in violation of their patents. Infact their first patent was filed after coolermaster released their Aquagate mini AIO back in the day with drawings very similar to what innards Aquagate mini. I just hope this just helps in invalidating all the other patents filed by A**tek.
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