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6/24/2004

Seagate sues Cornice over disk drive patent

The Associated Press

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. — Computer hard drive maker Seagate Technology said Wednesday that it filed a patent infringement suit against rival Cornice Inc.

Seagate’s suit claims that Longmont-based Cornice violated six patents protecting its disk drive technology.

A Cornice spokeswoman said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

Seagate is seeking monetary damages and a permanent injunction barring Cornice from making, using, importing, or selling the disputed products in the United States.

Privately held Cornice makes small, high-capacity drives used in MP3 players and digital camera.

The suit was filed in Delaware’s District Court.

Seagate shares were up 13 cents, or 0.93 percent, at $14.07 recently on the New York Stock Exchange.