Phanteks responds to Lian Li patent infringement lawsuit

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Lian Li initiated litigation against Phanteks in a California court on September 8th, 2023, alleging infringement of patents related to their Daisy Chain technology for RGB fans. They contended that Phanteks continuously marketed their D30 series fans in violation of these patents. Lian Li seeks a permanent injunction against Phanteks, prohibiting the sales of the implicated products by Phanteks and its subsidiaries without proper authorization, and seeks compensation for damages incurred.

According to TechPowerup, Phanteks officially released their initial statement addressing the patent infringement lawsuit brought forth by Lian Li, articulated as follows:

“We at Phanteks can confirm the filing of the patent infringement suit filed by a fellow PC enthusiast brand. We want to inform the community that our legal team is and has always properly handled any legal issue or communication that has arose.

From the start of the Phanteks D30 fan development, we set out to design an original product that innovates to provide new solutions to PC enthusiasts. We have consulted with patent lawyers during the development and prior to the announcement of the D30 fans and the fans were not found to infringe on the claims in the patent. Phanteks D30 fans are an original idea and have been issued patents in multiple countries to date.

We value and respect valid and enforceable IP rights and are confident that the result of this legal matter will confirm there is no infringement. We will continue our mission to serve the PC community by creating unique and innovative solutions.”

Lian Li’s modular fans enjoy considerable repute among PC gamers. Given the proliferation of similar fan designs in the current market, this lawsuit assumes significant prominence. However, a definitive outcome remains on the horizon. Speculations are rife that, should Lian Li triumph, it may set a precedent, potentially catalyzing further legal actions against other manufacturers suspected of patent transgressions.