Preliminary Decision: US ITC Had SK Hynix’s Patent Infringement Charges Dropped | BusinessKorea

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The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said that the South Korean chipmaker's server memory products did not violate section 337 of the Tariff Act of the US.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said that the South Korean chipmaker's server memory products did not violate section 337 of the Tariff Act of the US.
Seoul, Korea
16 November 2017 - 1:45am
Cho Jin-young

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) decided preliminarily to dismiss the allegation that Korea’s second largest chip manufacturer SK Hynix violated patents of US-based server memory maker Netlist Inc. 

Netlist unveiled that a judge at the ITC made a preliminary determination that RDIMM and LRDIMM of SK Hynix had not infringed its patents, according to US-based PR News Wire on November 14 (local time). 

In its notice to Netlist, the ITC said that the South Korean chipmaker's server memory products did not violate section 337 of the Tariff Act, which provides the trade watch dog with a power to ban the import of foreign products that infringed the intellectual property of the US. 

In September 2016, Netlist claimed that the Korean chip maker had infringed its patents. In Nobemver 2 this year, the US-based server memory maker filed an additional claim to the ITC.  The two companies also are fighting in the courts of the US, China and Germany with the same issues. 

The WTO’s notice did not include any detailed explanation on the ground of the ruling. Anyway, the confirmation of the ruling will be made public to people soon. Netlist is planning to request for reexamination of the ITC’s determination. The decision will be finally confirmed and announced March 14 next year.

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