AUSTIN, Texas, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS) today provided investors with additional facts related to Dot Hill Systems Corp.'s ("Dot Hill") recently filed patent infringement lawsuit against Crossroads. As previously disclosed by Crossroads, on June 29, 2015 Dot Hill filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado alleging that Crossroads infringes a patent owned by Dot Hill.
Richard K. Coleman, Jr., Crossroads President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "After reviewing the Dot Hill patent at issue, we believe we can present compelling technical arguments that prove the lawsuit is baseless."
Mr. Coleman continued, "We also find the timing of Dot Hill's lawsuit peculiar, and suspect it may be merely an attempt to disrupt Crossroads' rights offering as well as to retaliate for Crossroads' pending lawsuit against Dot Hill."
On September 11, 2013, Crossroads filed suit against Dot Hill for failing to properly pay license fees due under the 2006 license agreement. An audit conducted by Crossroads revealed Dot Hill had failed to pay required amounts due Crossroads. Despite our attempts to avoid litigation, Dot Hill took what Crossroads believes to be a position contrary to the license agreement, compelling Crossroads to commence litigation to obtain relief. Naturally, any lawsuit involves risk and uncertainty. If Dot Hill is successful in its June 2015 lawsuit, it could result in Crossroads not having all of the patent rights necessary to conduct its product business.
In addition to Crossroads' lawsuit against Dot Hill, Crossroads also has pending patent infringement lawsuits against Oracle, Cisco, NetApp, Quantum, and Huawei. The company has publicly stated that the potential compensatory damages could be in excess of $200 million which does not include enhanced damages or attorney fees. None of the pending lawsuits are impacted by Dot Hill's action. Crossroads will continue to vigorously defend its patent rights and oppose any countersuits, no matter how frivolous.
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Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRDS) is a global provider of data storage solutions. Through the innovative use of new technologies, Crossroads delivers customer-driven solutions that enable proactive data security, advanced data archiving, optimized performance and significant cost-savings. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Austin, TX, Crossroads has been awarded more than 100 patents and has been honored with numerous industry awards for data archiving, storage and protection. Visit www.crossroads.com.
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