SOURCE: SMART Modular Technologies

SMART Modular Technologies

October 25, 2010 09:25 ET

SMART Modular Technologies Files Patent Office Requests to Challenge Netlist Patents

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - October 25, 2010) - SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. ("SMART" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SMOD), a leading independent manufacturer of memory modules and solid state storage products, today announced filings in the United States Patent & Trademark Office ("PTO") to challenge two Netlist patents related to "rank multiplication" technology associated with high density registered DIMMs that support the high growth server market.

SMART believes that its filed SMART Patent Application No. 2006/0117152 shows that SMART engineers invented "rank multiplication" technology in 2003. Since SMART's '152 application was filed before Netlist U.S. Patent No. 7,619,912, SMART believes that Netlist is not entitled to the '912 patent and SMART has filed a Continuation Application as the necessary initial step in the PTO to have the '912 patent awarded to SMART.

Google, Inc. and Inphi Corporation have both been sued by Netlist for potentially infringing the '912 patent, which Netlist refers to as enabling HyperCloud Memory. Google is using the SMART '152 patent application in its defense. 

In addition, SMART has filed a reexamination request of the '912 patent based in part on the SMART '152 patent application and other prior art.

Google is also in litigation with Netlist over Netlist U.S. Patent No. 7,289,386 and has filed a reexamination request. Google's reexamination request on the '386 patent is also based in part on the SMART '152 patent application. 

SMART has filed a reexamination request on the '386 patent as well and presents different invalidation theories from Google's request.

Iain MacKenzie, President and CEO of SMART, commented that "We have filed the continuation application and requests for reexamination as part of our diligence in protecting our intellectual property and to fulfill our commitment to providing leading edge technology."

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SMART is a leading independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of electronic subsystems to original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs. SMART offers more than 500 standard and custom products to OEMs engaged in the computer, enterprise, industrial, networking, gaming, telecommunications, defense, aerospace and embedded application markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM, and Flash memory in various form factors. SMART also offers high performance, high capacity solid state drives, or SSDs, for enterprise, defense, aerospace, industrial automation, medical, and transportation markets. SMART's presence in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management, and supply-chain management worldwide. See for more information.

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