Crossroads Systems Alleges Dot Hill Systems Infringe on Patents

10/23/2003 - Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:HILL) announced that it has become aware that a law suit was filed against it in the United States District Court in Austin, Texas by Crossroads Systems on October 17, 2003. Dot Hill has not been served with the Complaint. The suit alleges patent infringement by Dot Hill of United States Patent Nos. 5,941,972 and 6,425,035, relating to storage routers and methods for providing virtual local storage.

"Crossroads Systems first offered us a license for certain of their patents in February 2002, asserting that the patents related to controller technology," said James Lambert, president and chief executive officer. "Since then, we have conducted discussions with them, and are surprised by their decision to file a law suit against us. We have reviewed the allegations in the complaint and believe they are without merit. If we are served with the Complaint, we will vigorously defend against the allegations. We do not anticipate that this action will materially interfere with our business or those of our channel partners."

Dot Hill Systems Corp. is a leader in the innovative design and delivery of storage networking solutions to businesses worldwide. Its products include the SANnet II family of storage systems. For more information, visit Dot Hill on the Web at

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