STEC responds to Seagate lawsuit

By Justin Mann on April 15, 2008, 2:36 PM
Only a day after Seagate went after STEC (formerly Simple Tech), the solid state drive and memory manufacturer has responded to the suit saying they will “aggressively” defend themselves, claiming they began to develop SSDs before Seagate ever had patents for the technologies they use. STEC asserted they have been shipping SSDs since 1994, a decade before Seagate had these patents.

Furthermore, the company claims that Seagate is only taking action because they are beginning to target the enterprise level with their SSD products, a lucrative market that Seagate wants to protect.

That fact alone has to be true, as Seagate's CEO said almost exactly as much in an interview last year. At the time, the Seagate CEO said that if other vendors began making headway into the market, they'd sue. Now that they have made good on their word, we'll see how well their patents will stand up.

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phantasm66 said:
I've got a good idea.Why don't ALL of these companies sue ALL of each other over EVERYTHING each of them has ever created / worked on.Won't it be wonderful then when we have current hardware specs forever because nothing will ever advance any further?Man, these greedy companies need to be put in check. Laws need to change. Fact is, for just about all of these technologies, probably lots of people have the same ideas at roughly the same time because they are scientific and technical inevitabilities.This might sound insane but maybe one day there will need to be a kind of GNU General Public License for hardware or something.[Edited by phantasm66 on 2008-04-15 15:03:25]
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