Iomega sues SyQuest alleging patent infringement

Iomega has filed a lawsuit against rival disk drive maker SyQuest, charging the company with patent infringement allegations. The complaint alleges that SyQuest is infringing on Iomega patents used in both its Jaz and Zip products. Iomega also says SyQuest is selling products based on its patents without authorisation.

Iomega has filed a lawsuit against rival disk drive maker SyQuest, charging the company with patent infringement allegations.

The complaint alleges that SyQuest is infringing on Iomega patents used in both its Jaz and Zip products, company officials said in a statement. Iomega also said SyQuest is selling products based on its patents without authorisation.

Officials at SyQuest and Iomega could not immediately be reached for comment.

Specifically, the complaint alleges infringement of two Iomega patents, one covering Iomega's Read/Write Protection Scheme and the other covering the design of Iomega's Jaz cartridge.

The suit also seeks to prevent SyQuest from using Iomega's JET trademarks.

Iomega officials said that more than a year after Iomega's adoption of the JET trademark, SyQuest began using the designation "syJet" in advertisements, packaging and products, causing confusion as to the source of SyQuest's products.

Iomega is seeking injunctions to prevent SyQuest's continuing infringement of Iomega's patents and trademarks, as well as unspecified monetary damages.

Iomega, based in Roy, Utah, can be contacted on the World Wide Web on http://www.iomega.com/.

SyQuest, in Fremont, California, can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.syquest.com/.

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