Thursday, October 25th 2007

SanDisk Suing 25 Companies for Patent Infringement

SanDisk, a company well known for developing and manufacturing flash-based storage solutions, is suing 25 companies including LG Electronics for allegedly infringing patents used in removable flash storage products such as MP3 players and USB flash drives. The company has filed two lawsuits, one for five patent infringements and the other for two patent infringements, as well as filing a complaint with the US International Trade Commission asking to have the companies being accused barred from exporting their products to the USA. Other companies involved include Buffalo, Apacer Technology and Kingston, and if the case is successful it could see a rise in the price of flash-based storage such as CompactFlash cards.Source: InfoWorld
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16 Comments on SanDisk Suing 25 Companies for Patent Infringement

#1
mdm-adph
My goodness... could it be... is it...?

A legitimate patent lawsuit? Somebody pinch me.
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Darkrealms
by: mdm-adph
My goodness... could it be... is it...?

A legitimate patent lawsuit? Somebody pinch me.
ROFL (almost literally with that one)


In a way thats a pitty, but if it is actually legit. Lets hope than can do something about it.
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Cold Storm
Battosai
I can't wait to see what the 25 companies do via store products? Or what the stores that sell those brands do?
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#4
surfsk8snow.jah
Wow, for realz. Those are some big companies they're suing, but they def have the right.
I'm slightly glad about this lawsuit, from the sense that too many ridiculous copyright infringement suits are being filed lately, while legit., meaningful technological infringements go unnoticed.

Go SanDisk! And props for the ingenuity for those OG technologies, sorry lamers stole them.
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#5
Cold Storm
Battosai
The only down fall is how long will the two lawsuits take? Will scandisc be able to get what is rightfully theirs before any of the companies go under because of this?
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#6
JoJoe
The only down fall is how long will the two lawsuits take? Will scandisc be able to get what is rightfully theirs before any of the companies go under because of this?
I seriously doubt a company like LG would go under because of this lawsuit.
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Cold Storm
Battosai
You ae right on that. The big names wont, but how will it effect them? Copyright and Patent infringment can do damage
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#8
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Im just speechless on this. To be honest, just collect royalties for what they used and let them continue functioning....
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#9
Ben Clarke
Everyone sues everyone. Why so much hate?
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#10
effmaster
by: Jimmy 2004
if the case is successful it could see a rise in the price of flash-based storage such as CompactFlash cards.
No how can this be dont let this happen to us please
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#11
marsey99
the bigger ones will setle if sandisk have a case but if they start to charge for royalties we all will have to pay the price.
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#12
laszlo
by: Ben Clarke
Everyone sues everyone. Why so much hate?
No hate is involved here;is just business and i have to admit they are clever !

they know about this from a while and they let all to infringe the patents;let all use it and when they rise and have enough money f...k them :laugh:
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#13
mdm-adph
by: laszlo
No hate is involved here;is just business and i have to admit they are clever !

they know about this from a while and they let all to infringe the patents;let all use it and when they rise and have enough money f...k them :laugh:
Uh oh -- I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure that if that's true, and those companies can prove that Sandisk knew about it and did nothing to prevent it, then the case could be thrown out.
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#14
peach1971
Well, SanDisk invented many flash technologies (i.E. SD cards, MMC cards), so it looks pretty okay to me.
Flash Storage Devices are SO cheap these days, it wouldn´t bother me if the pricing climbed a bit.
IMHO that´s just fair play.
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#15
AsRock
TPU addict
I heard this a day or so ago on the INQ. Dunno what to think about it except prices will probaly go up now :(. BUT maybe sSanDisk's prices will come down :P.
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#16

or, in a few months, we'll all be calling our flash drives san-cards
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