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Toshiba, Sandisk file case against Hynix over alleged data theft

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Toshiba? Sandisk? Hynix? NAND flash? smartphone?

According to Reuters, Toshiba Corp. of Japan and SanDisk Corp. of the U.S. have separately filed civil lawsuits against South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. The two companies seek damages over the suspected theft of data related to their flagship flash memory chip technology used in smartphones and tablet computers.

Under Japan's Unfair Competition Prevention Act, the suit from Toshiba seeks damages for the wrongful acquisition and use of Toshiba's proprietary technical information related to NAND flash memory, the company stated.

This technology was pioneered by Toshiba in 1987 and is now jointly developed and produced with SanDisk.

Although Toshiba did not disclose how much it was seeking, the company estimates potential losses of at least $980 million as a result of the alleged leak. This allegation follows the arrest by Tokyo police of a former SanDisk engineer suspected of improperly providing technical data to Hynix, where he later worked, according to Reuters.

In a previous case, Toshiba sued Hynix in 2004 seeking damages for the breach of its flash memory patents and an injunction against the sale of related products. The case was ultimately settled through a cross-licensing agreement with Hynix.

- Julien Happich
??EE Times Europe

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