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Crossroads Hits Patent Warpath

Data protection specialist Crossroads Systems is suing a total of 10 vendors, including Compellent and Storage Engine, for alleged infringement of its storage router and virtualization technologies.

The lawsuit, which was filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, is the latest in a string of storage-related legal battles. Last month, for example, STEC and Seagate locked horns in a patent dispute, following in the footsteps of NetApp and Sun and Quantum and Riverbed.

Crossroadss complaint involves U.S. Patent numbers 6,425,035 and 7,051,147, which are entitled “storage router and method for providing virtual local storage," according to the IP Law 360 Website.

In addition to Compellent and Storage Engine, other vendors named in the suit include Accusys, Auragen Technologies, Digi-Data Corp., Rave Computer Association., Ci Design Europe, Arena-Maxtronic, Baydel North America, and Inline Corp.

Each of the defendants is alleged to have infringed the '035 patent, and all of the defendants, except for Auragen and Bayden, are alleged to have infringed the '147 patent, according to IP Law 360.

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