AMD R9 Fury X Production Could Be Threatened By Recent Ruling In Asetek Vs Cooler Master Legal Battle

While supply of AMD's R9 Fury X is already short, some have suggested that it may be complicated further as a result of Asetek's legal squabble with Cooler Master. The Danish liquid cooling company Asetek has published a press release announcing that it had  won an injunction against Cooler Master over patent infringement claims that went to court back in December 2014.

Diagram of patented Asetek design.

Asetek claims that Cooler Master. as well as CoolIt and AVC, have infringed on its patented design of incorporating a liquid cooling pump with a cold plate in a single unit. This in turn affects Cooler Master's liquid cooling products which incorporate the pump into the block. A huge number of Cooler Master coolers with such design come to mind, including the Seidon 120V, 120V Plus, 120M, 120XL, 240M, Nepton 140XL, 280L,Glacer 240L. Which is the grand majority of Cooler Master's CPU liquid coolers.

Asetek has so far succeeded in securing a royalty of 14.5% on the revenue that CM generates from selling all of the CPU liquid coolers mentioned above. In a ruling yesterday that rate was increased to 25.375% beginning not from next month but from January 2015 after Cooler Master had demanded a judgement as a matter of law and a new trial. However this ruling is still appealable by Cooler Master.

San Jose, September 23, 2015.

In late 2014, Asetek won a patent infringement case against CMI USA, Inc. (“CMI”) at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The jury unanimously ruled in favor of Asetek, and awarded damages based on a 14.5% royalty rate. In a post trial motion, CMI demanded a judgement as a matter of law and a new trial.

The court yesterday denied CMI's demands, and instead substantially followed Asetek’s requests and issued a permanent injunction barring CMI and its parent Cooler Master from selling certain infringing products into the Unites States.

Also, the judge awarded Asetek enhanced damages i.e., a 25.375% royalty rate, on CMI’s revenues for sales of infringing products beginning January 1, 2015.

It should be noted that the matter is appealable by CMI.

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