ITC Will Probe Two Patent Cases Involving Samsung, Others
The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate patent-related complaints involving flash-memory chips that are used in camcorders, laptop computers and mobile handsets; Samsung Electronics is involved in both cases - one as a complainant, the other as an alleged patent violator.
In the first case, Samsung alleges that 12 companies, including D-Link and Synology, have infringed on its patents for flash memory chips used in GPS devices, routers and network storage products. The second case involves patent-violation allegations from BTG International Inc., a Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, licensing company that claims Samsung flash-memory chips violate several of its patents. BTG seeks to stop imports of the chips and any products containing them. More than a dozen other companies, including Apple, Dell, Sony and Research in Motion are also named in the BTG complaint. The chips are part of several popular products including BlackBerrys, iPhones, iPods, laptops, camcorders, USB drives and memory cards. The ITC offers no timetable for its review of the patent complaints, which are based on a portion of the 1930 Tariff Act which prohibits foreign suppliers from bringing products into the U.S. market that infringe on the intellectual property rights of U.S. manufacturers.