In April, Seagate Technology filed a US patent infringement lawsuit against STEC Inc. Seagate is a leading manufacturer of secondary storage devices for computers. Secondary storage devices include hard drives and newly emerging solid state drives (SSDs). Seagate is asserting that STEC infringed four of its US patents relating to interfaces between storage devices and computers. STEC is a worldwide manufacturer of interfaces for memory devices and SSDs.
The lawsuit is in its very early stages, and STEC has denied Seagate’s claims. Since SSDs are gaining momentum in the enterprise market and are starting to show up in many household devices (including laptops and MP3 players), lawsuits involving patent rights in the SSD-related fields may become more prominent in the near future.