Netlist ac­cuses SK hynix of vi­o­lat­ing its patent

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Jun Ji-hye [email protected]­re­

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.

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