In March of last year, Asetek sued Cooler Master for alleged infringement of patents that involved compact liquid cooling systems for processors (Cooler Master Seidon all-in-one sealed-loop liquid cooling products). Today we have learned jury decision in this case.
Cooler Master found guilty in Asetek patent suit
Before knowing the jury decision on this case, first you have to know about the whole scene. Asetek Incorporated accused to the company Cooler Master (CMI USA Incorporated) that they had infringed US Patent 8240362 and its revised update Patent 8245764 with the launch of the Seidon family of all-in-one sealed-loop liquid coolers. Both concerned with design features of all the elements together.
It is worth noting that this was not the first lawsuit of from this manufacturer, because already they sought compensation from the companies CoolIT back in 2012 and Swiftech (the latter ended up withdrawing from the sale of cooling H220).
The California court comes to the point that Cooler Master violated the agreements, Cooler master must pay Asetek damages of $404,941 based on a royalty rate of 14.5 per cent. The judge justified the sentence with the following words:
‘We appreciate the value of competition, but it must be done on equal terms. We will not accept anyone blatantly copying the patented solutions that we have worked so hard to bring into the market.‘
For now all the complainants will be requested to withdraw from the sale of products infringing its patents.
Well from my side it is nice to see when a patent case ends, I just feel that in the long run its only going to hurt all involved and not help anyone out. Let’s say if the request for all infringing products is approved, then who do people that own said products go to for support and/or product replacement. To me its nice to fight for your patents, but more than likely any case you win will just hurt you more than help you.