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SanDisk wins partial review of patent ruling


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Washington, DC – SanDisk has persuaded the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to review its April ruling on patent infringement.

SanDisk is claiming that more than a dozen companies have infringed its patents for flash-memory technology. SanDisk relies heavily on licensing income, which accounted for about 14 percent of its revenues in the first half of this year.

The original case involved around 50 companies, but of these, 21 were terminated from the investigation because of settlements, consent orders and withdrawals and five defaulted. The ITC has agreed to review the rest.

Those that remain are LG Electronics, Imation, Phison Electronics, Silicon Motion Technology, Skymedi, Power Quotient International, Syscom Development, Kingston Technology, Transcend Information, Apacer Technology and Dane-Elec Memory.

If SanDisk is successful, the ITC will consider an import ban on the offending products.