AMD Officially Responds to Fury X Cease-and-Desist

It has been a couple of months now since Asetek won over Cooler Master’s appeal in the long-time going legal battle in regards to patent infringement in the all-in-one liquid coolers. Shortly after this victory for Asetek we foresaw some issues for AMD’s liquid cooled Fury X graphics card that uses a Cooler Master system and we were right. A couple of days ago we brought you the news that Asetek had made a Cease & Desist orders to AMD in regards to the Radeon Fury X graphics card.

AMD is naturally not taking this lying down and have officially responded to the issue. They, AMD, argue that the jury in the Asetek versus Cooler Master case didn’t mention the specific cooling solution used in the Radeon R9 Fury X models as infringing on the Asetek held patents.

“We are aware that Asetek has sued Cooler Master. While we defer to Cooler Master regarding the details of the litigation, we understand that the jury in that case did not find that the Cooler Master heat sink currently used with the Radeon Fury X infringed any of Asetek’s patents.”

AMD and Asetek have without a doubt entered some sort of discussion in this matter and it is also clear that AMD will battle this outcome in order to keep their flagship GPU on the market. While it all looks a bit grim right now, it isn’t as bad as it could be. First of all, AMD shouldn’t be hit by with any financial burdens even if they should be found using a patent infringing cooling system. If it’s the case, it should be Cooler Master’s problem again. It could however still be removed from the market as it is, but the way the legal system is built, that could take a long time. And with such a long time to work it out, AMD has plenty of time to find another cooling solution and make a revision of their cards before any legal proceedings can be entered.

It will still be interesting to see how this plays out, whether an agreement will be reached or AMD will revise the Radeon R9 Fury X’s cooling solution.

Watch Makers Hitting Back at ‘Pirated’ Faces for Smartwatches

Watch makers including Omega, Fossil, Armani, Michael Kors, Tissot and Panerai are pursuing people online who have been producing ‘pirated’ versions of their watch faces for smart watches.

Ever since the release of Android Wear, a number of people have begun producing unofficial digital watch faces that resemble those of real watches, most often from luxury brands. Well now it seems that those companies have hit out at these people, with many sending cease-and-desist notices to those producing them.

The owner of FaceRepo, a site the collects watchfaces submitted by developers and allows the public to download them, has spoken out to TorrentFreak about the removal requests he’s received. While a number of the designs were “cool”, he said “we believe that owners of copyrights or trademarks have the right to defend their brand”.

With these companies concerned that their business is under threat from smart watches, it’s no surprise they’ve taken action.

Source: MacRumors