Siemens Asks For $160M In Sensor Patent Case

By Erin Coe (December 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Siemens AG is seeking $160 million in damages months after a federal judge found that Seagate Technology's disk drives using sensor technology infringed its patent.

John A. O'Malley, an attorney representing the German electrical engineering firm, told a California federal jury during his closing argument on Tuesday that Seagate's infringement of its magnetoresistive sensor patent warrants an award of damages.

Siemens targeted Cayman Islands-based Seagate in a suit in August 2006 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleging its disk drives incorporating giant magnetic resistance sensors and other devices violated a patent that reads information stored...

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