Seagate Sues STEC
Seagate was talking a big game last month about how SSD makers like Samsung and Intel were infringing its patents, and the company wasn’t joking around, following up all that tough talk with… what appears to be a test case against relatively minor vendor STEC. Seagate says STEC’s drives violate four patents it holds on SSD interfaces and that while “it’s not a big financial issue yet,” the company wants “to set things straight.” As you’d expect, STEC doesn’t feel quite as casual about the situation, saying that it’s been making SSDs since 1994, before any of Seagate’s patents were filed, and that it’s going to aggressively defend Seagate’s “desperate” claims and seek to invalidate its patents. many of which it believes aren’t even relevant to SSD technology. That sounds like a fight to us — get ready for some nonstop paperwork legal thrills, people.
STEC makes some really cool drives (though they’re a bit expensive).
Screw you Seagate. Stop being a patent bully. The real issue here is that you’re scared that SSD drives are going to strip away your market.
Read the Innovators Dilemma and stop hurting our industry.
I’m going to be talking to my hosting/hardware vendor to ask them if I can purchase HDDs other than Seagate.
I’m not going to do business with a company that feels that suing competitors for frivolous patent claims is an acceptable way of doing business.
Here’s an idea – build an innovative hard drive!