Cooler Master Responds to Asetek Dispute

Previously, we informed you that Asetek was suing Cooler Master. The problem in question was that, according to Asetek, the similarities between its cooling kits and Cooler Master's Seidon All-in-One liquid coolers were all a bit too present, thus it filed a lawsuit against Cooler Master: Suit No. 3:13-cv-00457-JSC.

The specifics of the suit came down to a request that Cooler Master must cease and desist the production and sale of the Seidon 120M, 120XL, and 240M kits. The biggest similarity that was argued over was the pump, which Asetek felt was far too similar to its own design.

In the meantime, Cooler Master has responded to these allegations with the statement below:

Whereas, Cooler Master’s customers are concerned about whether our
liquid-cooling radiator products (Seidon Serials) have infringed the
Asetek’s patents, we hereby declare:

  1. In terms of Asetek filed the patent litigation in U.S. to Cooler Master on January 31, 2013, the said litigation is only on the preliminary stage. Cooler Master has started to understand and investigate the accused products for seeming patent issue.
     
  2. Apparently, Asetek will not assert its right in Non-US area now due to the patents -in-suit are US patents. Therefore, customers in Non-US area have no infringement issue. As you might know , it’s a typical means for competitor to bring a lawsuit against its rival. Asetek not only sued Cooler Master but Coolit. Its main purpose is to block its competitors to enter the market and gain the prime time profits.
     
  3. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or suffering incurred to our valued customers. Meanwhile, we assure that Cooler Master will be actively responsible for all the related legal liability if any IP issue arose herein.

The statement was released by Charles Chiu, Vice President of Cooler Master, on March 15, 2013.

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  • mouse24
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    it’s a typical means for competitor to bring a lawsuit against its rival. Asetek not only sued Cooler Master but Coolit. Its main purpose is to block its competitors to enter the market and gain the prime time profits.


    Everyone interested in this story knows this. It just sounds like whining to me. Surprised they didn't go down the typical "We will prove our innocence and strive to protect justice" etc. Instead its "wahh, asetek is a big meany"

    Kinda sad to see from a company.
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  • vmem
    ^ +1

    However, they did make their third point and pledged to be fully responsible to all their customers, which is at least a good move and makes me feel better about my current and any future CM products
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  • blazorthon
    mouse24Everyone interested in this story knows this. It just sounds like whining to me. Surprised they didn't go down the typical "We will prove our innocence and strive to protect justice" etc. Instead its "wahh, asetek is a big meany"Kinda sad to see from a company.


    At least they're not lying to us. If they are infringing and they said otherwise, then they'd be lying and that's far worse than accusing Asetek of patent trolling.
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