Feeds

Compaq and Seagate sued for $800 million

A serious disk drive disagreement

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

New hybrid storage solutions

Compaq and Seagate are being sued for patent infringement by New York based company, Convolve. The privately held firm is seeking $800 million in damages and a permanent injunction against Compaq and Seagate from manufacturing or selling drives incorporating the disputed technology.

Compaq says that it is innocent of any wrongdoing and rejects the allegations utterly.

Convolve claims to be the exclusive licensee of patented motion control technology called Input Shaping originally developed at and licensed from MIT. It was demonstrated on a NASA Space Shuttle robot arm training facility, and has been on a NASA mission the company says.

In a disk drive application, Input Shaping controls the read/write arm, reducing the vibrations generated by the end of a "seek", or the movement of the arm between tracks on the disk. Since new data cannot be written until the arm settles, Convolve asserts that the technology would allow drives to run more quickly and quietly than currently possible.

According to the complaint, "For more than a year, beginning in October 1998, Convolve held discussions with and gave demonstrations for engineers and executives of both Compaq and Seagate for the purpose of licensing their technologies to these two companies."

According to Convolve, both Compaq and Seagate had signed non-disclosure agreements (NDA) not to use this proprietary technology to develop competing products.

Convolve also has developed and has both domestic and foreign patents pending for a control panel feature called "Quick and Quiet". It alleges that this technology has been misappropriated by Seagate and used in its Sound Barrier technology.

Filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the suit officially seeks "to prevent Compaq and Seagate from stealing Convolve's proprietary computer disk drive technology".

MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is also obliged to join the action through the licensing agreement with Convolve. ®

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.