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Thread: US Patent Office Rejects Ultra's Claim Regarding Modular Power Supply Design Patent

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    A very interesting article.


    http://news.softpedia.com/news/US-Pa...t-185466.shtml

    After almost three years of legal battle, the US Patent and Trademark Office has decided that all of the claims made by Ultra Products, now a part of the "Streak Products" division of Systemax, over the breach of its modular power supply patent were unfounded, enabling Antec, Enermax, FSP, Mushkin, Seasonic, Tagan and others to build such PSUs without having to pay Ultra a licensing fee.

    The US Patent and Trademark Office decided the patent was unrightfully owned after witnessing various other examples of the technology being used in prior PSUs.

    This included a series of HP power supply units, which came with detachable hot-pug interfaces and were designed to be deployed inside workstations.

    "As a part of its decision, the USPTO accepted 37 of 49 arguments advanced by Antec, based on numerous prior art references, ranging from technical specifications to Internet product reviews," Daniel S. Mount, counsel for the Alliance.

    In April of 2008, Ultra has filed suit against nearly every modular power supply manufacturer that was selling in the US in an attempt to lay claim to the MPSU market.

    Back then the company said that all the listed manufacturers have known of their infringement and asked the court for triple damages to be awarded, the maximum allowable under the US patent law.

    However, what the company failed to realize back them was that HP filed a similar patent in April 2000, the company detailing a “computer with modular power supply assembly in separate bay.”

    As a result, Antec has formed an Alliance comprised of all the companies that were sued by Ultra and asked for the re-examination of the patent as a critical part of its multi-tiered litigation strategy, which concluded with today's announcement.

    Streak Products has 30 days to appeal the verdict, but, until now, such an appeal hasn't been filed. (via JonnyGuru)

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    Took them bloody long enough

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    Good, hope they get through with that alliance. I don't like the fact that that sloppy company is getting a share of my hard earned money when I buy a modular PSU. (Considering I -only- buy modular PSUs nowadays). :/
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    Now to hope modular prices go down a bit, I don't expect any miracles.

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    Where can we see the official announcement?
    It's been a hard day's night and I've been working like a dog.

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    Might be a good news to bring module PSU a reasonable price, end user should pay no more than $10 for module function soon.
    As you could see most Gold units with module design and how could we blame the module connection will cause big voltage drop or low efficiency (even the first Platinum 550W with module design), looking forward to see more entry models in sub $50 range could offer module design

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shasta_Cola View Post
    A very interesting article.
    You do realize that article links back to this site, right?

    I just think its funny that you link and quote Softpedia when all they did was quote our article and then link back to us.

    I had to do an edit to the original article though. Ultra does not just have 30 days to appeal. They only have 30 days to file the notice of appeal... I admit that I don't know specifically what that means. They actually have until the end of April to appeal to the USPTO. At which time, this whole process could start all over again, I believe. Again, I'm no legal expert.

    Quote Originally Posted by Travis View Post
    Where can we see the official announcement?
    Unfortunately, the only place I could get an "official document" was through a paid service, like a PACER subscription: http://www.pacer.gov/

    Antec did an official press-relaese and that can be found here: http://www.marketwire.com/press-rele...nt-1396766.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyGURU View Post
    You do realize that article links back to this site, right?
    I don't see it on the front page under "News."
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    Hey, maybe now Ultra will go out of business and I'll stop having to deal with people who adamantly refuse to believe that their LSP-650 is shit, despite having had five hard drive failures in the last two years and a fan that sounds like a Harrier jet.
    It's my PSU in a box!
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    My PSU in a box, baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zap View Post
    I don't see it on the front page under "News."
    Yeah.. it was up there until last night when I edited it because of the 30 day appeal error. It's still live, but it's no longer on the front page.

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