Jury Hits Dell, Others For $5.4M In Hard Drive IP Case

Law360, New York (July 28, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT) -- A Texas jury on Tuesday awarded $5.4 million to engineering company Convolve Inc. in a case alleging Dell Inc., Western Digital Corp. and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Inc. infringed a patented system for improving hard disk drive performance.

The jury determined that the computer hardware makers willfully infringed, induced infringement and contributed to the infringement of six separate claims of Convolve's patent for reducing vibrations in hard drives.

The jury's verdict assesses lump sum royalties of $1.5 million from Dell, $2.5 million from Western Digital and...
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