While AMD is not facing the shortage / supply problem of the HBM Fiji memory, but they are now indirectly linked with the legal problems to which they must face because the Radeon R9 Fury X is equipped with liquid solution from Cooler Master, as Asetek has distributed a press discharge reporting that it had won an injunction against Cooler Master over patent encroachment claims that went to court back in December 2014.
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Production might stop because of Cooler Master
These problems were already known, as Asetek, the King of the All-in-One cooling systems for example gives life to the Corsair H110, won a lawsuit in 2014 against a case of patent infringement against Cooler Master. The verdict will be settled with a royalty of 14.5 percent of net Cooler Master Seidon 120V, 120V Plus, 120M, 120XL, 140XL Nepton, Seidon 240M, Glacer Nepton 240L and 280L.
All liquid cooling solution from Cooler master are subject to the royalty rate to which is added that cannot be sold in the United States because of a court order. As a result, the Radeon R9 X Fury could not be sold in the US by using a cooling system of Cooler Master. There is also another problem, since January 2015 the royalty rate increased to 25.375%.
San Jose, September 23, 2015.
In late 2014, Asetek won a patent infringement case against CMI USA, Inc. (“CMI”) at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The jury unanimously ruled in favor of Asetek, and awarded damages based on a 14.5% royalty rate. In a post trial motion, CMI demanded a judgement as a matter of law and a new trial.
The court yesterday denied CMI’s demands, and instead substantially followed Asetek’s requests and issued a permanent injunction barring CMI and its parent Cooler Master from selling certain infringing products into the Unites States.
Also, the judge awarded Asetek enhanced damages i.e., a 25.375% royalty rate, on CMI’s revenues for sales of infringing products beginning January 1, 2015.
It should be noted that the matter is appealable by CMI.