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Spansion Expands IP Lawsuit Against Samsung

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Flash memory vendor, Spansion says that it has added three more patent claims against Samsung. The company first initiated action against Samsung in November, 2008, with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court in Delaware. The judge in the first ITC case has set a target date of mid September to issue his initial determination.

Spansion says that its ITC complaints seek to block Samsung Flash memory products and downstream products that contain them from being sold in the USA. The District Court actions also seek compensation from Samsung.

"It is now more important than ever that we protect our IP. Our customer, partners, licensees and employees have put significant investment in our technology," said John Kispert, president and CEO of Spansion. "By defending our IP, we can protect our stakeholders' interests and continue the ongoing innovation required to address specific customer and market requirements."

While Samsung is the subject of these litigations, current ITC procedures dictate that Spansion name manufacturers of downstream products containing Samsung infringing devices in its ITC complaint. Companies named in the ITC cases include: Apple, BenQ, Kingston, MiTAC, Nokia, PNY Technologies, Qisda Corp., RIM, Sirius XM Radio and Transcend, and some of their subsidiaries and third party manufacturing companies.

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