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Asustek targets IBM in patent lawsuit

Taiwanese firm hits back after IBM's earlier complaint


Asustek has filed a lawsuit against IBM over alleged infringement of two patents, just a few months after IBM filed a similar action against the Taiwanese company.

Asustek filed the complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of California last week. In the filing, Asustek asked the court for relief from the alleged IBM infringements as well as monetary damages.

IBM pushes to ban Asustek from the US

One of the Asustek patents is for a method for providing remote storage for internet appliances, while the other relates to servers. Asustek alleges the patents have been infringed by IBM in components, software and hardware related to storage area networking equipment and servers.

The Asustek suit comes four months after the US International Trade Commission took up a case for IBM against Asustek for the importation of equipment using certain PC power supplies, cooling fans and clustering technologies that IBM says infringe three of its patents.

Asustek declined to comment. IBM could not immediately be reached for comment.


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