Facebook, Motorola, Others Sued over Memory Storage Tech

Motorola Mobility, Adobe, LinkedIn, Facebook, Citigroup, Orbitz, Morgan Stanley and UBS Financial Services are being targeted by Parallel Iron, which alleges that its storage system patent has been violated.

The patent "Methods and systems for a storage system" describes a redundant storage system in an on-line transaction processing environment with multiple switches and a management system that can detect errors, generate messages based on those errors, initiate a backup, and deactivate affected memory sections automatically. The patent covers HDDs, cached disk arrays, as well as solid state media as storage devices.

The patent has been revised twice since its original publication in March of 2007 and was transferred from the inventor Ring Technology to Parallel Iron in 2010. The infringement claim does not mention any specific products that violate the patent, but Parallel Iron is asking the court for an injunction to keep the defendants from further infringement. As usual, Parallel Iron is also asking for damages, costs, expenses, and prejudgment and post-judgment interest.

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  • isoomega
    I'm finding that patent infringement is getting out of hand........ guess that is the new norm to make profits nowadays :D
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  • hoofhearted
    Everybody is trying to get their piece of the pie, whether it is theirs for the taking or not.
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  • azathoth
    "The infringement claim does not mention any specific products that violate the patent"

    "We don't actually know if there's infringement, but these giant tech companies must be using this extremely broad patent somewhere."

    -This is my understanding.
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