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Storage Vendors Lock Horns in Legal Battles

Seagate and STEC are the latest storage vendors to become embroiled in a patent dispute. Seagate announced that it is suing the Solid State Disk (SSD) specialist earlier this week.

STEC, in turn, says that Seagates claims are “without merit” and vowed to "aggressively pursue its defense to this infringement action" in a statement released yesterday.

In its third quarter earnings call last night, the Seagate CEO Bill Watkins had this to say about the dispute: ”The only comment I can say is that this is simply about protecting our $7 billion investment that we’ve made over the last 10 years, and research,” he said. “We have developed a lot of technologies in these application spaces and we’re going to protect it -- and we will protect it.”

It looks like another legal saga is about to begin, making this a good time to get an update on some of the storage industry’s other courtroom battles:

NetApp and Sun

NetApp and Sun hit the headlines last September when NetApp claimed that intellectual property Sun has released in its open-source ZFS (Zettabyte File System) software violates seven NetApp patents.

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