Spectra Logic Prevails in Patent Infringement Lawsuit


Nathan C. Thompson – Chief Executive Officer

“Spectra Logic never wavered in its staunch opposition to Overland’s deplorable patent litigation tactics. The misuse of patents as a business tactic desecrates our industry and customers as a whole. Spectra Logic stands for principled commercial practices and will not shirk in defending against contrived charges of patent infringement, especially those based on illegitimate patents.”


Overland’s history in trying to enforce the ’766 patent involves:

  • Filing a patent infringement lawsuit against BDT, IBM, and Dell in 2010 and then filing an ITC action immediately afterward in an effort to prevent them from importing products allegedly covered by the ’766 patent.
  • Revealing during the ITC proceeding that an actual IBM 3494 library was physically in Overland’s engineering department before Overland allegedly came up with its invention and long before Overland filed its patent application.
  • Receiving an unfavorable decision of the ITC in May, 2013 to the effect that the asserted claims of the ’766 patent are invalid based on the prior art IBM 3494 library.
  • Declining to appeal the adverse ITC decision, but instead, continuing its patent infringement lawsuit against BDT and pursuing newly filed patent infringement lawsuits against five other companies, including Spectra Logic.
  • Receiving an unfavorable preliminary decision by the Patent Office Board on December 10, 2013 to the effect that all claims of the ’766 patent are identically disclosed by the prior art IBM 3494 library.
  • Now receiving a final Board decision to the same effect.
  • Entering into a non-confidential Settlement Agreement

Related Press Releases:

Nov 13 2014: Spectra Logic Prevails Against Overland Storage Patent
Dec 18 2013: Spectra Logic Files Response to Lawsuit by Overland Storage
Dec 11 2012: Spectra Logic Granted Motion to Stay Proceedings of Unwarranted Lawsuit by Overland Storage
Sept 05 2012: Spectra Logic Files Response to Unwarranted Lawsuit by Overland Storage

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