Netlist accuses SK hynix of violating its patent
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has provisionally determined that an SK hynix enterprise memory product infringed on a U.S. patent held by California-based semiconductor company Netlist, the U.S. firm said Tuesday.
The ITC issued a notice of the initial determination after its investigation into Netlist’s accusations that the Korean company’s RDIMM and
LRDIMM enterprise memory products violated Netlist’s patents, which involve technologies related to the design of memory modules.
In its notice of the initial determination, the U.S. federal agency, which deals with international trade issues, stated SK hynix’ LRDIMM product infringed on one of Netlist’s patents in violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, which is aimed at regulating unfair trade practices involving the infringement of patents.
The ITC noted, however, the Korean
company’s RDIMM products did not infringe on Netlist’s patents.
The RDIMM is a widely used enterprise memory product, while the LRDIMM is categorized as a higher value-added one.
“Further details will be available in the coming days,” Netlist said in its release.
The legal battle between SK hynix and Netlist began in 2016 when the California-based company filed patent infringement lawsuits with the ITC.