Patent infringement battle hots up, response to Overland lawsuit denies patent infringement by Quantum
By ECM Plus staff
ECM Plus /London/ +++ Data protection and big data management behemoth Quantum Corp. has today filed suit against Overland Storage for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
According to Quantum, the lawsuit follows Overland’s patent infringement claims filed against Quantum two months ago in the same court. In its response to the Overland lawsuit that Quantum filed this week, the company also denied Overland’s claims, stating that it is not infringing and has not infringed any valid and enforceable claim of either of the two patents at issue and that both patents are invalid.
Quantum added that its lawsuit accuses Overland of infringing four of the company’s patents (U.S. Patent No. 6,542,787, No. 6,498,771, No. 5,925,119 and No. 5,491,812). The infringement claims involve products in Overland’s NEO tape library and SnapServer product lines.
“We had hoped to resolve this dispute with Overland out of court but ultimately concluded that we had no choice but to take legal action,” said Shawn Hall, senior vice president and general counsel at Quantum. “We firmly believe that Overland’s claims are without merit and that they are the ones infringing our intellectual property. We brought this to Overland’s attention, but, unfortunately, they made it clear that they were determined to pursue their lawsuit anyway.”