Local firms face ITC memory patent infringement inquiry
CNAWASHINGTON -- The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) launched a probe Wednesday to investigate seven companies, including four from Taiwan, for possible infringement of flash memory patents owned by an American firm.
September 6, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The memory chips at the center of the investigation are used in gadgets such as laptops, wireless routers, video game consoles, handheld gaming devices, and game cartridges, the ITC said in a statement.
Spansion LLC, based in Sunnyvale, California, filed a complaint with the ITC Aug. 1, claiming that the seven companies violated Section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act, which prohibits among other things the import of articles that infringe on U.S. patents.
The seven firms to be probed are Taiwan's Macronix, Acer, AsusTek, and D Link; Japan's Nintendo; and U.S.-based Belkin and Netgear.
Spansion asked the ITC to issue a general exclusion and cease and desist orders against the allegedly infringing products.
While the ITC voted to launch a probe into the complaint, the investigation does not mean the trade panel has made any decision on the merits of the case.
The ITC said it would only issue a ban on importing the products in question if Spansion's complaint is verified and approved.