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[JonnyGuru] Ultra Sues for Modular PSU Patent

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Since size 4 font wasn't enough for some of you.....
Before you bash Ultra, please read either the patent+case or read through all the intelligent posts.



http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...ry&ndns_id=471
Case: http://dockets.justia.com/docket/cou...ase_id-212287/

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Ultra Products files suit against long list of PSU manufacturers
There's not a lot of details on the web regarding this case, but it seems that Ultra Products is now taking action against power supply manufacturers that infringe on their modular power supply patent.


Ultra owns the patent for modular PSUs and it has been long worried that if they would defend it. They are.

Defendents:
Antec, Inc.
Channel Well Technology Co. Ltd.
Channel Well Technology Co. U.S.A., Inc.
Corsair Memory, Inc.
Enhance Electronics Co. Ltd.
E-Power Technology/PCMCIS
FSP Group USA Corp.
Koolance USA
Mushkin, Inc.
OCZ Technology
Sea Sonic Electronics Co. Ltd.
Silverstone Technology, Inc.
SPI Electronic Co. Ltd.
Spire-Bytecom Fanner Corporation
Tagan Technology Co.
Tagan Technology Co. Ltd.
Thermaltake Technology Co. Ltd.
Thermaltake, Inc.
Topower Computer Industrial Co. Ltd.
Topower Computer U.S.A., Inc.
Zalman Technology Company Ltd.
Zalman USA, Inc.
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To hell with patents, intellectual property, and all such nonsense. All they do is hinder advancement.
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Haha... I don't see how you can patent something being modular, as that is so general it would be like patenting a type of door. I can see patenting of a modular interface, or cable style, though.

I love my Ultra PSU. My only compaint with them is that if you have a cable go bad, you have to send in the entire PSU and they will send you a new one. I don't want to deal with that! They should just send a friggin' cable...
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And they expect to be paid off by that whole list?
Hmmm.... well I do like Ultra, but this is kinda silly.
They shoulda took action sooner.
Other modular supplies have been around for years now.
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Thats quite a list of defendants.
    
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Originally Posted by stargate125645 View Post
Haha... I don't see how you can patent something being modular, as that is so general it would be like patenting a type of door. I can see patenting of a modular interface, or cable style, though.
You can patent ideas or concepts... and the US Patent Office agreed with their case.


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Originally Posted by stargate125645 View Post
I love my Ultra PSU. My only compaint with them is that if you have a cable go bad, you have to send in the entire PSU and they will send you a new one. I don't want to deal with that! They should just send a friggin' cable...
Solder + electrical tape.
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Heyyyy, guess what Ultra?

If you successfully defend this patent, I'll never buy one of your products again... how's that sound?

Companies that patent other's ideas and then sue years later for reimbursement are the lowest form of scum in existence IMO.


Performance-pcs was modding PSU's to be modular LONG BEFORE jackass Ultra ever sold a modular PSU.

Scum.
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Ultra is gonna get alot of money over this I think......

I love ultras PSUs.. while I do agree that patents hinder developement.. they have every right to do what they are doing.
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Quote:
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Heyyyy, guess what Ultra?

If you successfully defend this patent, I'll never buy one of your products again... how's that sound?

Companies that patent other's ideas and then sue years later for reimbursement are the lowest form of scum in existence IMO.


Performance-pcs was modding PSU's to be modular LONG BEFORE jackass Ultra ever sold a modular PSU.

Scum.
Yup, Performance-PCs started it early 2003: http://www.virtual-hideout.net/revie...su/index.shtml

The first Ultra modular PSU was the X-Connect and that came out in fall 2004.
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Quote:
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Ultra is gonna get alot of money over this I think......

I love ultras PSUs.. while I do agree that patents hinder developement.. they have every right to do what they are doing.
No, they don't, not morally at least. Legally, yes.

They DID NOT invent the modular PSU. See my post above... Performance-PCS was selling modular-modded PSU's in 2003, Ultra's patent was awarded in 2006.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pompous ass that works for Ultra
“We are especially thrilled that the U.S. Patent Office has validated our claim of innovation for the X-Connect modular design,” stated John Smith, regional sales manager for Ultra Products. “Our products’ innovative designs, combined with easy-to-use functionality set us apart from the competition. Tech enthusiasts and gamers alike love the now patented design that lets them cut down on unused cable clutter.”

Stuff like this makes me want to spit. I will NEVER buy an Ultra product again.
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