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8/19/2004

Cornice Inc. files countersuit against Seagate

The Daily Times-Call

In response to a patent-infringement complaint filed by Seagate Technology Corp. in June, Cornice Inc., a manufacturer of small data-storage products, has filed a counterclaim against Seagate.

The original suit filed by Seagate claimed that Cornice violated six patents protecting disk storage technology. Seagate’s litigation sought monetary damages and a permanent injunction, whereby Cornice would be prohibited from manufacturing, using or selling the disputed products.

Cornice’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware, claims that Seagate’s patents are “invalid, unenforceable and not infringed by Cornice’s products,” according to a company statement.

The counterclaim also alleges that Seagate’s actions are baseless and constitute “tortious interference” under Colorado law.

Cornice was also sued earlier this year by Western Digital Corp. for patent infringement. A Cornice spokeswoman declined to comment Wednesday on either lawsuit, beyond what was issued in the company statement.

Matthew Powers, the head of intellectual property litigation at Weil, Gotschal & Manges LLP, has been retained by Cornice to defend the counterclaim.