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Toshiba, Lexar settle patent dispute

Posted: 19 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Toshiba? Lexar? Micron? NAND flash? patent suit?

Toshiba Corp. has settled a NAND flash memory patent dispute with Lexar Media Inc. The agreement settles all litigation related to NAND flash memory patents between Toshiba and Lexar, a subsidiary of Micron Technology, in California federal and appeals courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The settlement announced late last week includes the company's purchase of some Micron semiconductor patents and licensing technologies previously owned by Lexar for $288 million.

The patent dispute began in 2002 when Lexar accused Toshiba of misappropriating its patented NAND flash technologies. In May 2005, a California jury returned a verdict against Toshiba and its U.S. subsidiary, Toshiba America Electronics Components Inc., awarding Lexar $465 million in fines for patent infringement. Toshiba appealed the verdict.

"We appreciate that Micron approached this issue in a positive spirit that allowed the parties to work together to bring all outstanding litigation and claims to a full and final resolution," Masashi Muromachi, president and CEO of Toshiba's Semiconductor Co., said in a statement.

Micron CEO Steve Appleton added in the same statement that "Toshiba [is] an innovator in flash technology and we see no merit in continuing to pursue this litigation."

Despite the $288 million settlement, Toshiba said it will not revise its financial forecast for its current fiscal year.

- Yoshiko Hara
EE Times

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