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Asetek Sues Cooler Master for Patent Infringement

By , Tarun Iyer - Source: Eteknix | B 19 comments

Asetek is suing Cooler Master over the design of water coolers.

Following the release of Cooler Master's Seidon series of water coolers, many commentators noted the similarities between it and Asetek's own range of cooling systems. Asetek evidently felt that the similarities were a tad too uncanny and has filed suit against Cooler Master. Specifically the suit (Civil Action No. 3:13-cv-00457-JSC) alleges that Cooler Master violated patent numbers 8,240,362 and 8,245,764 (pictured below) and is seeking the following through a trial by jury:

  • Cease & desist on production and sale of the Cooler Master Seidon 120M, 120XL and 240M
  • Actual damages pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 284
  • Treble damages due to Cooler Master's "willful copyright infringement"
  • Payment of Asestek's costs and attorney fees


Aside from the case's clear financial implications, a verdict for Asestek could solidify their dominance of the liquid cooling market which would in turn reduce the market's competitiveness and overall consumer choice. Judging by Asetek's similar lawsuit against CoolIT, it seems probable that the companies could resolve this dispute through a patent licensing agreement.

 

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    jamesedgeuk2000 , March 12, 2013 1:26 AM
    amuffin*sighs*Might as well sue Alphacool, XSPC, Swiftech, Koolance etc while you're at it.


    Why? they don't make AIO coolers that rip off Asetek's designs. (in case anyone is wondering who Asetek are they designed/make most of Corsairs AIO's and pretty much created/refined the product line).
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    Lutfij , March 12, 2013 2:10 AM
    I hear ya amuffin mate - if watercooling can be patented like Apple does I might as well hurl a brick at Asetek for their rubbish products.

    * for all those reading - if a pump designed in a small chamber and the flow of water through it is worthy of a patent/law suit? Might sue all the other companies claiming to be watercooling products manufacturers.
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    amuffin , March 12, 2013 12:49 AM
    *sighs*

    Might as well sue Alphacool, XSPC, Swiftech, Koolance etc while you're at it.
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    jamesedgeuk2000 , March 12, 2013 1:26 AM
    amuffin*sighs*Might as well sue Alphacool, XSPC, Swiftech, Koolance etc while you're at it.


    Why? they don't make AIO coolers that rip off Asetek's designs. (in case anyone is wondering who Asetek are they designed/make most of Corsairs AIO's and pretty much created/refined the product line).
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    sooyong94 , March 12, 2013 1:27 AM
    Asetek: The patent troll of closed-loop PC cooling systems.
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    Lutfij , March 12, 2013 2:10 AM
    I hear ya amuffin mate - if watercooling can be patented like Apple does I might as well hurl a brick at Asetek for their rubbish products.

    * for all those reading - if a pump designed in a small chamber and the flow of water through it is worthy of a patent/law suit? Might sue all the other companies claiming to be watercooling products manufacturers.
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    -Jackson , March 12, 2013 3:09 AM
    *sigh*
    This patent is almost as ridiculous as 95% of Apple's patents.
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    Lutfij , March 12, 2013 3:18 AM
    Oi jackson - where you been man? no watercooling?

    +1 to your comments but I would say 100% nothing with an Apple badge is worth patenting.
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    demonhorde665 , March 12, 2013 3:23 AM
    -Jackson*sigh*This patent is almost as ridiculous as 95% of Apple's patents.


    my thoughts exatly how many ways can you build a closed circut liquid pump .. i'm pretty sure there arn't to many ways to go about it and it work worth a flip.
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    -Jackson , March 12, 2013 3:25 AM
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    Oi jackson - where you been man? no watercooling?

    +1 to your comments but I would say 100% nothing with an Apple badge is worth patenting.

    I've been busy with TAFE :p 
    And about watercooling.. I could get started sooner (or later) in the year since I've accumulated most of my necessary hardware.. Except for a new case and power supply.
    Did I mention I got 3 580s?

    Edit: I hate this new forum layout :( 
    Emoticons are bleh, my badges have disappeared, along with my posts, and the look of the new forums don't go easy on my eyes.
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    Lutfij , March 12, 2013 3:42 AM
    I'm liking the new layout, true the forums ate all of my credentials and custom emoticons but the thread I have are yet available and they are acknowledging that I've been with them for 3 years :p  :) 
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    -Jackson , March 12, 2013 3:59 AM
    Quote:
    I'm liking the new layout, true the forums ate all of my credentials and custom emoticons but the thread I have are yet available and they are acknowledging that I've been with them for 3 years :p  :) 

    Where's my acknowledgement that I've been with them for 1 year. :(  :lol: 
    I found the red/white easier to read.
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    Lutfij , March 12, 2013 4:32 AM
    profile, badges, should pop up and show you that you've been with them for a year...
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    -Jackson , March 12, 2013 4:45 AM
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    profile, badges, should pop up and show you that you've been with them for a year...

    It'd also be nice to have sigs back to where they used to be.
    I hate change. I must be getting old.
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    Onus , March 12, 2013 5:10 AM
    The banhammer is broken too. I've been unable to kill spammers.
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    Lutfij , March 12, 2013 6:09 AM
    sorry, this showed up as a thread - please delete my comments :)  those that were off topic.
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    vaughn2k , March 12, 2013 6:25 AM
    Will stick to the Noctua though...
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    soundping , March 12, 2013 7:35 AM
    Welcome to the jungle baby you're gonna get sued.
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    amuffin , March 12, 2013 9:38 PM
    jamesedgeuk2000Why? they don't make AIO coolers that rip off Asetek's designs. (in case anyone is wondering who Asetek are they designed/make most of Corsairs AIO's and pretty much created/refined the product line).

    Basically what Lutifj said, Asetek can go ahead and sue those guys while they're at it.
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    mynith , March 13, 2013 5:26 AM
    What the patent people need to understand is that it's not because it's a good idea that nobody else can think of it. Also, a cease and desist lawsuit and payment of attorney fees? That's quite an American thing to do, isn't it?
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    winterXL , July 12, 2013 7:10 PM
    Patents, the legal anti-competition measure. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.