AMD Responds To Asetek’s Cease And Desist Notice Regarding Patent Infringement
A few days ago, Asetek which is known for its CPU and GPU cooling products, especially for data centers and high performance PCs, sent out Cease and Desist notices to AMD to halt production of their versions of liquid cooled R9 Fury X and to Gigabyte for their Waterforce GTX 980 GPUs. According to Asetek, both these GPUs used Cooler Master AIO liquid coolers which violate liquid cooler patents held by Asetek.
While there has been no response from Nvidia on the situation, AMD has responded by saying that Asetek’s claims are probably baseless as the jury found no evidence that the Cooler Master heat sink used on Fury X infringes any of Astek’s patents.
“We are aware that Asetek has sued Cooler Master. While we defer to Cooler Master regarding the details of the litigation, we understand that the jury in that case did not find that the Cooler Master heat sink currently used with the Radeon Fury X infringed any of Asetek’s patents,” AMD told GamerNexus today.
According to Asetek, Cooler Master infringed on the patents through its Seidon liquid cooler series as well as Nepton 140XL and Glacer 240L.
“There is no licensing agreement in place with Cooler Master, nor do we plan to offer any in the foreseeable future. Asetek sued Cooler Master and CMI USA, Inc. (Cooler Master’s US affiliate) for infringement of Asetek’s US Patent Nos. 8,240,362 and 8,245,764.”
The Cease and Desist order is still in place although it is possible that AMD and Asetek might work out a solution on their own without involving Cooler Master.
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