Seagate sues mini-drive maker Cornice

Seagate Technology has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against storage vendor Cornice, alleging that Cornice's 1-inch Storage Element mini hard drives violate six of Seagate's patents.

The patents cover a variety of technologies used by the devices, including the guiding system for the actuator arm that scans the surface of the disk for data, said Seagate spokesman Brian Ziel.

The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, seeks to prevent Cornice from selling the Storage Element drives in the U.S., as well as unspecified monetary damagers, Seagate said.

Cornice's drives are used in MP3 players manufactured by a number of companies, including iRiver Co. and Digitalway Co.

Seagate expects to launch its own 1-inch mini drive in the third quarter of this year, Ziel said.

Representatives of Cornice, which is based in Longmont, Colorado, were not immediately available for comment.

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