Asetek gets $600,000 from Cooler Master in AIO cooler patent spat

Ever since Asetek received a patent in 2012 for its all-in-one liquid cooler design, it pursued legal action against CoolIt Systems and Cooler Master, who both made similar products. In 2015, Asetek won an injunction against Cooler Master's AIO coolers and settled with CoolIt. The Denmark-based company has now chalked up another legal victory. Asetek announced that it was awarded and received damage compensation from Cooler Master in the amount of $600,000.

Following the injunction, Cooler Master stopped selling its infringing liquid coolers in the United States. Cooler Master avoided patent infringement in its subsequent products by using a clean-sheet pump design, as seen in the MasterLiquid Pro 240 and Pro 280 we reviewed last November.

The legal battle raged on, though. As expected, Cooler Master appealed the injunction. Asetek informs us that the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled this month in Asetek's favor, reaffirming the ruling from a lower court. With the injunction affirmed and the damages paid, it appears that this chapter of the five-year-long patent dispute has largely come to an end. It's still possible that Asetek might pursue legal action against other makers of AIO coolers, though.

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    • NoOne ButMe
    • 3 years ago

    “And if only cost us 599,999$ in legal fees! We made money!!!”

    • eloj
    • 3 years ago

    Congratulations to all the lawyers on both sides, you win again.

    • Anovoca
    • 3 years ago

    Still cheaper than R&D ~ CM

    • Welch
    • 3 years ago

    So they had some of their legal fees paid and what remains the Danish government will tax them. Great work team!

      • NovusBogus
      • 3 years ago

      Pretty much. Patents are like nukes, you need them as a deterrent but actually going to war with them usually yields a lot of devastation and no clear winner.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    So basically Asetek lost but got CM to pay for their legal fees?

      • ImSpartacus
      • 3 years ago

      That feels like what it was.

      That amount doesn’t seem high enough.

    • USAFTW
    • 3 years ago

    Title is missing a zero.

      • ozzuneoj
      • 3 years ago

      $600,000.0

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    So….in this situation patent infringement is not cool. Good to know.

      • CuttinHobo
      • 3 years ago

      It really landed them in hot water.

      • Mr Bill
      • 3 years ago

      Asetek threatened to take them out of circulation and Cooler Master could not take the heat.

        • Wonders
        • 3 years ago

        Guys, look at the larger picture here: This kind of litigation could have chilling effect on the industry.

          • Shobai
          • 3 years ago

          [I love a good pun, but I can’t help but think that this comment jumped the shark unless the industry turns around and pursues AIO phase change cooling or similar for consumer systems]

            • Blytz
            • 3 years ago

            So I’m not hearing any of the coolermaster fans here…

            • Redocbew
            • 3 years ago

            You say that like it’s a bad thing. Don’t get so spun up man…

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Only $600K?

    Add three zeros to the end and we’ll call it just another Tuesday!

    — Samsung & Apple

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      $600K seems like peanuts compared to the boatloads of money bigger companies flush down the toilet.

        • deathBOB
        • 3 years ago

        14.5% royalty – this is not a big market to begin with

          • Chrispy_
          • 3 years ago

          Indeed, and it’s not as if Asetek invented the magnetic impeller pump, plastic hosing, radiators or the concept of applying all these things to a CPU.

          The only thing the patent covers is the specific location of the pump directly into the CPU block, thus eliminating one piece of plastic tubing. Let’s face it, patenting something so specific really can’t be worth that much in the first place and at 14.5% they’re already pushing the very credibility of the design’s value.

          It would be different if there weren’t multiple designs outside of the PC industry where the pump was mounted to the thing it’s cooling, Asetek just managed to patent it first in the PC industry and they’re now successfully trolling the rest of the manufacturers which is why we have some truly asinine designs like [url=http://www.eteknix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/DSC_3879.jpg<]this[/url<] and [url=https://www.ocaholic.ch/uploads/extgallery/public-photo/medium/cm-masterliquidpro-3_674_d65ee.jpg<]this[/url<] solely to avoid litigation.

            • shank15217
            • 3 years ago

            Sometimes the simple things are the hardest to come up with, obviously its a good idea which is why cooler master used it.

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