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WESTERN DIGITAL BRINGS PATENT INFRINGEMENT SUIT AGAINST CONNER

 IRVINE, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) said today that it had brought a patent infringement suit against Conner Peripherals in the United States District Court in Los Angeles. The patent relates to intelligent disk drives, and the suit seeks damages in an unspecified amount and injunctive relief.
 Last year Conner and a Japanese-owned company (Alps Electric, U.S.A. Ltd.) purchased the patents of the bankrupt PrairieTek Corp. Western Digital said that it expected Conner to sue it based on two of these PrairieTek patents and on two patents developed by Conner.
 Western Digital does not believe that it infringes any valid patent of Conner.
 Two of the patents asserted by Conner fall into the form factor category. The United States Patent Office recently reexamined and rejected a Conner form factor patent application. Western Digital and a number of other industry participants have taken a public stand against the issuance of form factor patents.
 Headquartered in Irvine, Western Digital Corp. is a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of hard disk drives, integrated circuits and graphics controller board-level products. The company markets these products to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers serving the personal computer industry, under the Western Digital, Caviar and Paradise brand names. The company was founded in 1970 and has long been noted for its storage controller expertise, end-market systems-level design knowledge, and advanced semiconductor manufacturing capabilities.
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 /CONTACT: Robert J. Blair of Western Digital, 212-867-4490/
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