Samsung and Netlist continue patent fight with new lawsuit


Netlist, located in Irvine, California, filed a lawsuit against Samsung in 2021, claiming that memory devices used in cloud computing servers and other data-intensive technology infringe on its rights. Back in April, as per a court transcript, Netlist counsel informed the jury that Samsung stole its copyrighted module technology after the two businesses worked on another project. Netlist had also sought $404 million in damages from the verdict. In Texas, Delaware, and Germany, Netlist has accused Samsung of infringing on additional memory-related patents.

In April, an East Texas jury awarded Netlist more than $303 million in damages after concluding that Samsung’s memory modules for high-performance computing violated multiple Netlist data processing patents. In a second action involving technology used in high-performance computing, Samsung has urged a Delaware federal court to find that it did not breach Netlist’s NLST.PK patent rights. In a complaint filed on Tuesday, Samsung sought the court to decide that its memory modules used in servers and other computer systems do not infringe a Netlist memory patent or that Netlist breached a duty to provide it with a reasonable license.

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On Wednesday, a counsel for Samsung declined to comment on the case. Netlist representatives did not reply to a request for comment right away. Located in South Korea, Samsung has requested the Delaware Court to rule that its memory modules do not infringe on a Netlist patent obtained last year that covers a technique of handshaking memory controllers.

Samsung said that their technology is not the same as Netlist’s patented technology. Samsung also asked Netlist for unspecified monetary damages for breaking agreements that require patent owners to provide reasonable licenses for technologies that a device must include to comply with international standards, such as Bluetooth or 5G. Netlist has stated that its patent is required for a semiconductor memory product standard. Based in Irvine, California, and in other continuing disputes, Netlist has accused Google GOOGL.O. and Micron Technology MU.O. of infringing on its patents. In 2021, it resolved a similar issue with SK Hynix 000660.KS.

The case is Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. v. Netlist Inc., No. 1:23-cv-01122, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Covington & Burling’s Brian Nester, Peter Swanson, and Alice Ahn worked for Samsung.

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