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Recently, Antec filed for a motion to stay in the case of Ultra Products vs. Antec, et al pending the reexamination of patent number 7,133,293. This is the patent Ultra Products holds that requires all compliant manufacturers to pay a license fee for any modular power supply sold in the United States. The judge denied the motion, but shortly after this news a reader pointed us in the direction of this Delta power supply.
Prior art would null the patent...
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Wasn't Ultra's patent specifically referring to the 24-pin being modular also? It was for an all modular design, not just partial, iirc, which I'm probably not.

Well, it sure would be nice if it was/is up.
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wait, would Corsair, Seasonic, and the other PSU companies (manufactures and brands) sue Ultra over a false patent (and it's fees?).
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Pfft, so that's what Ultra has been doing...Resting on its laurels and collecting fees from other manufacturers while coming out with junk products .
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Wasn't Ultra's patent specifically referring to the 24-pin being modular also? It was for an all modular design, not just partial, iirc, which I'm probably not.

Well, it sure would be nice if it was/is up.
Either way this weakens their case.

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wait, would Corsair, Seasonic, and the other PSU companies (manufactures and brands) sue Ultra over a false patent (and it's fees?).
Not sure if they can sue since Ultra might not have known of the prior art.

Seasonic isn't being sued (it's not a US-based company.)

Corsair AX-1200... notice the sticker?
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Not sure if they can sue since Ultra might not have known of the prior art.

Seasonic isn't being sued (it's not a US-based company.)

Corsair AX-1200... notice the sticker?
What I meant was: can those companies sue to recover the patent licensing fees they had to pay Ultra over the years?
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What I meant was: can those companies sue to recover the patent licensing fees they had to pay Ultra over the years?
Not sure.... and this is the first PSU that I have seen with a patent-pending sticker....
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Not sure.... and this is the first PSU that I have seen with a patent-pending sticker....
I was remembering a conversation with Zap, over why BFG didn't have more (any?) modular units, and I guess I flew with that, lol
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Either way this weakens their case.


Not sure if they can sue since Ultra might not have known of the prior art.

Seasonic isn't being sued (it's not a US-based company.)

Corsair AX-1200... notice the sticker?


Nope. I have the exact same sticker on my HX 750.




The patent provides drawing for the modular 24pin, but the document is primarily about modular cables.




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Pics are blurry, but here it is:


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