SOURCE: Fish & Richardson

April 22, 2009 21:00 ET

Fish & Richardson Wins ITC Ruling in Phison Patent Case

Phison Found Not to Infringe SanDisk's Flash Patents

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - Fish & Richardson has won an International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling for Phison Electronics Corp., a large Taiwanese electronics company that manufactures flash memory products, in a patent infringement case brought by SanDisk Corp. On April 10, 2009, an Administrative Law Judge in the ITC issued an initial determination finding no infringement by Phison products.

The ITC case began in 2007 when SanDisk asserted five patents against dozens of companies that make, sell, and import USB flash cards, MP3 players, and other flash storage products. Four of the five patents were asserted against Phison products. By the time of the ITC trial, only one patent remained in the case against Phison. The ALJ's ruling determined that Phison's products do not infringe that remaining patent.

"Phison is very pleased with the ruling. While Phison respects SanDisk's right to protect its intellectual property, Phison was confident that its products would be found non-infringing," said David Barkan, a principal in Fish & Richardson's Silicon Valley office who handled the case.

Phison Electronics Corp. is a Taiwanese electronics company that designs and sells flash memory controllers and peripheral system applications, as well as designs the Texas Instruments' digital signal processor systems. Phison sells its products primarily in Asia, Europe, the United States, and Australia.

Fish & Richardson is a leading global law firm unlike any other law firm in the world. With 450 lawyers practicing intellectual property, litigation, and corporate law, Fish has redefined IP law for a market that values IP as a fundamental business asset. The firm offers unique expertise to help clients maximize the value of their intangible assets. Fish was recently named one of the leading IP law firms in the United States by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine, with top rankings in eleven categories, including Patent Prosecution, Patent Litigation, Life Sciences, and the International Trade Commission (ITC) (MIP, February 2009); Fish handles more patent litigation than any other law firm, both in federal district courts (IP Law360, January 2009) and the ITC (IP Law & Business, June 2008); and Fish is the No. 1 patent firm for the world's most innovative companies (IP Law & Business, November 2008).

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