Feeds

Seagate, Cornice settle spat... for now

Can't start fighting again until 2008

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Hard disk drive makers Seagate and Cornice have ended their feud and granted themselves 20 months' breathing space before they're allowed to start fighting again. The two companies this week said they had dismissed their lawsuits and countersuits and "agreed not to sue each other for patent infringement through the end of 2007".

Presumably, come January 2008, they'll be free to start sparring all over again, though we image by then they will have gone off the idea. We shall see...

Seagate sued Cornice in June 2004. It alleged the smaller company had incorporated its technology into 1in hard drives sold as the Cornice Storage Element. A week later Western Digital sued Cornice too, making much the same claims. Cornice kept its own counsel until August 2004, when it countersued Seagate, claiming that its patents were invalid. It countersued WD the following month.

In December 2004, Cornice and WD made up and dropped their respective lawsuits. They did not reveal the terms and conditions underpinning the agreement.

By May 2005, Cornice was facing Seagate in a US International Trade Commission tribunal to hear whether its products infringed Seagate's patents and would therefore be prevented from being imported into the US. To escape such a fate, Cornice agreed to stop making its 1, 1.4 and 2GG Storage Element drives. In return, Seagate withdrew the complaint it had made to the ITC.

However, Seagate did not agree to drop its original lawsuit - until today, that is. Once again, settlement terms were not disclosed. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls
Filing suggests handset with display strips
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.