Samsung was fined over $303 million for infringing memory patents. The company is now set to pay the stipulated amount in a settlement to Netlist, a California-based SSD and modular memory subsystem maker for infringing the patents of the company.
Samsung Fined for Infringing Patents
Initially accused of infringing on three patents of the company, Netlist however later doubled on its allegation to cover six other patents as it took the case and Samsung to court. Samsung following a week-long trial was found to have breached the patents of Netlist and then ordered to pay $303.15 million.
The patents in question, in this case, are ‘506: Memory Module With Timing-Controlled Data Buffering; ‘339: Memory Module With Controlled Byte-Wise Buffers; ‘918: Flash-DRAM Hybrid Memory Module; ‘054: Flash-DRAM Hybrid Memory Module, ‘060: Method and Apparatus for Optimizing Driver Load in a Memory Package; and its continuation, ‘160: Memory Package with Optimized Driver Load and Method of Operation.
The Samsung Patents under Scrutiny from the Court and Netlist
And under scrutiny from both Netlist and the Texas court were DDR4 LRDIMM, DDR5 UDIMM, SODIMM, RDIMM, HBM2, HBM2E, and HBM3 technologies of Samsung.
And although Samsung was found for the most part guilty, the court just ruled in favor of three-quarters of the $404 million for which the Netlist Company has claimed thus accounting for five quarters worth of damages.
Breakdown of the Patents and How Much They Cost Samsung
Patents ‘060 and ‘160 at the end of the day ended up being the most costly for Samsung thus accounting for $162 million of the total fine. A touch under $147.5 on the other hand went towards patents ‘054 and ‘918, while the ‘339 patent however was awarded a value of $33 million.
What the CEO of Netlist Has To Say about the Outcome of the Case
CEO of Netlist, CK Hong, explained: “The jury verdict left no doubt that Samsung not only willfully infringed Netlist patents, but currently uses Netlist technology without a license on strategic products which collectively represent the future of Samsung’s memory business,” also adding that the firm was happy with the outcome of the whole case.
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