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Seagate Files Patent Suit Againgst STEC Inc.


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HDD maker Seagate Technology LLC has filed a patent-infringement suit against STEC Inc., a global engineering and manufacturing company for OEM memories and SSD solutions, accusing it of infringing four patents held by Seagate and its Maxtor subsidiary. These patents include solid-state memory storage, memory-backup systems and device self-testing systems. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco and Seagate seeks STEC to stop further infringement of its patents, and asks for damages and royalties to be awarded for violating the Seagate patents. Seagate didn't disclose any specific financial damages it is seeking from STEC.
This is not about stifling innovation or threats to our business. ... We have an obligation to our company and our shareholders to protect what belongs to them.
, said Seagate Chief Executive Bill Watkins in s statement.

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Clearly theres something wrong with the current patent system in place, "solid-state memory storage" is a pretty damn generalized thing to have ownership of.
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This is a new low for Seagate. Because of their actions, I refuse to buy any of their drives. From now on it's SSD for me, and everyone I know I'll recommend them to stay away from this poisonous corporation.
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This is a new low for Seagate. Because of their actions, I refuse to buy any of their drives. From now on it's SSD for me, and everyone I know I'll recommend them to stay away from this poisonous corporation.
...That's a little extreme don't you think? Every company does weird and stupid things to kill their competition. Get over it. :rolleyes:
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an article a few weeks ago hinted that this was going to happen anyway. im suprised that this has happend so soon after tho i had the impression that seagate wernt going to sue any other companies untill they started to get too much competition from ssd competitors, nipping them in the bud eh.

i kind of agree with EnergyFX, altho seems like the patent system is pretty warped. i wonder if some of these infringing companies are aware thate they are violating someone elses patents or not most of the time.
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Interesting how every time a lawsuit comes out the suing company becomes the whining bad guy and a majority of people sympathize with the company suspected of infringing on a/the patent(s).

Remember, it costs money to file a suit, even more money to win a suit, and massive heaps more money to pay for the other companies costs and damages if you lose the suit.

Wait until the end, if Seagate wins then good for them and boo on the infringing company. If Seagate loses then vice-versa.


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Yeah the patent system is pretty screwy it seems. Either that, or countless corporations have folks constantly checking their patents and new technologies from other companies to see if they are infringing. As Magibeg said, its a damn generalization for memory storage patent.
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...That's a little extreme don't you think? Every company does weird and stupid things to kill their competition. Get over it. :rolleyes:
I hate patents and every company that abuses the system even more so. LMAO...they think they can kill SSD's? :roll: NEVER! They're the best thing since sliced bread. No company, and I do mean NOT ONE OF THEM can stop us from buying better-performing storage media. Intel, Micron, Hynix, Samsung and others will fight this thing to the death and so will hundreds of thousands of users who are fed up with unreliable, slow and noisy hard disks. Seagate, DO NOT engage in a battle you cannot win. :shadedshu It seems they got caught with their pants down and are frantically trying to do some "damage control". But the way they're trying to control the situation is wrong, and if they keep this up they won't survive for very long. Just look what happened to SCO... :D
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Just a thought . . .
Has anyone checked into these patents? It said in reguards to, maybe Seagate had a way of doing it that this OEM copied. It doesn't nesesarily mean the SSD concept is copyrighted by Seagate. They would also be after quite a few more companies if that was the case I'd think.