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MagSil, Seagate, and Maxtor Resolve Memory Patent Dispute

Tue, 07/14/2009 - 4:36am

SANTA CLARA, CA  – MagSil Corporation announced today that the litigation between MagSil and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on the one hand, and Seagate Technology  and Maxtor Corporation, on the other hand, has been satisfactorily resolved by an out of court settlement, and the Seagate and Maxtor entities have received licenses to the patents at issue in the lawsuit.   

The litigation, pending in a Federal court in Delaware, remains ongoing against several other defendants, including Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KSE: 005930), Western Digital Corporation (NYSE: WDC), Toshiba America, Inc. (a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation (TSE: 6502)), Headway Technologies, Inc. (a subsidiary of TDK Corp. (TSE: 6762)), and ExcelStor Technology, Inc.  In the litigation, the defendants were accused of infringing two patents owned by MIT and exclusively licensed to MagSil, by making and selling hard disk drives or hard disk drive components using Tunneling Magnetoresistive (TMR) technology.    

“We are pleased with the settlement and we look forward to a favorable resolution of our claims against the remaining defendants,” said Jay Kamdar, President & CEO of MagSil Corporation.  “MagSil has developed breakthrough magnetic memory technology for the next generation of mobile consumer, computing and storage systems.  Our intellectual property is important to our business and product commercialization.”  

MagSil and MIT are represented in the litigation by McKool Smith P.C. and by Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP. 

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