Seagate Escalates Cornice Patent Complaint

Seagate has claimed that micro-sized hard drive maker Cornice is infringing upon several patents in the manufacture of the company’s “Storage Element”, a 1-inch hard drive used in small consumer electronics.

Woody Monroy, a Seagate spokesman, said on Friday intensified its efforts by asking the ITC to block the import to the U.S. of any products contatining Cornice Storage Element hard drives.

Seagate had filed a patent infringement suit against Cornice in June asking the court to stop Cornice from selling its drives in the U.S. and for monetary damages.

Disk drive manufacturer Western Digital has also joined in the battle against Cornice, claiming that the company has infringed upon seven of its patents related to disk drive technology.