After a court ruling, Cooler Master was found guilty of patent infringement for the cooling platform of Asetek. This brought to a £464,000 patent infringement payment from Cooler Master.
Asetek is a popular manufacturer for various software and hardware which include the ODM or Original Design Manufacturer and OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer. It has established a name in the liquid cooling industry and it is not ready to give it up. Back in 2012, Asetek suid one of its rivals – CoolIT as soon as a patent infringement has been detected. A year after, they also sued Cooler Master for the infringement of its liquid coolers. Then in the last month of 2014, the final verdict has been made and Cooler Master has been found to indeed infringe a pair of Asetek’s patents. Back then Asetek demanded a damage fee of £313,000 which is calculated as per licensing royalty fee of 14.5%.
Being the sued, Cooler master naturally made an appeal for this ruling. The ruling was about US Patents 8240362 and 8245764 which was specified as a ‘cooling system for a computer system’ and an all-in-one cooling loop made of a specific reservoir along with cold plate integrated with pump. Sadly, Cooler Master’s appeal was turned down and within this week they made royalty payments. Asetek received a whopping £464,000 in total coming from damages and interest.
Andre Sloth Eriksen, the founder and CEO of Asetek stated ‘This award signifies another successful defence of Asetek’s intellectual property’ – also the named party regarding the questioned patents. He adds, ‘As part of efforts to build and maintain market share, we closely review and assess all competitive offerings for infringement of our patents. We are pleased with our success in defending them.’
After the failure of appeal and this recent payment, Cooler Master has remained silent.