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History 2003: Iomega Won Lawsuit Vs. Albi Media Manufacturing

For infringement of certain patents

Iomega finally won its lawsuit vs. Albi Media Manufacturing (AMM).

On March 23, 2001, Iomega initiated litigation vs. AMM in the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance for infringement of certain Iomega patents in connection with AMM’s production and sale of the Swap 100MB disk, very similar to its own Zip disk.

The Zip company filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, which was granted on July 24, 2001, thus restraining AMM from further manufacturing or commercialization of the disks. In August 2001, AMM appealed the injunction and moved to stay enforcement of the injunction. On September 17, 2001, AMM filed for bankruptcy protection, while continuing its appeal. On October 31, 2001, the Paris Appeals Court denied the appeal and ruled that the injunction would remain in effect while the underlying infringement case continued on the merits. On March 27, 2003, a judgment was issued in favor of Iomega ordering a permanent injunction vs. AMM and awarding damages of €85,000.

This article is an abstract of news published on issue 185 on June 2003 from the former paper version of Computer Data Storage Newsletter.