Samsung is ready to pay out $303 million in a settlement to California-based SSD and modular reminiscence subsystem maker Netlist for infringing the corporate’s patents.
Initially accused of infringing on three of the corporate’s patents, Netlist later doubled its allegation to cowl six patents because it took Samsung to court docket.
Following an nearly week-long trial, Samsung was discovered to have breached Netlist’s patents and ordered to pay $303.15 million.
Samsung fined for infringing on patents
The patents in query are ‘506: Reminiscence Module With Timing-Managed Information Buffering; ‘339: Reminiscence Module With Managed Byte-Smart Buffers; ‘918: Flash-DRAM Hybrid Reminiscence Module; ‘054: Flash-DRAM Hybrid Reminiscence Module, ‘060: Technique and Equipment for Optimizing Driver Load in a Reminiscence Package deal; and its continuation, ‘160: Reminiscence Package deal with Optimized Driver Load and Technique of Operation.
Below scrutiny from Netlist and the Texas court docket had been Samsung’s DDR4 LRDIMM, DDR5 UDIMM, SODIMM, RDIMM, HBM2, HBM2E, and HBM3 applied sciences.
Though Samsung was discovered, for probably the most half, responsible, the court docket solely dominated in favor of three-quarters of the $404 million for which Netlist had claimed, accounting for 5 quarters’ price of damages.
Patents ‘060 and ‘160 ended up being the costliest for Samsung, accounting for $162 million of the whole superb. A contact underneath $147.5 million went in the direction of patents ‘054 and ‘918, whereas the ‘339 patent was awarded a worth of $33 million.
Netlist CEO, CK Hong, explained (opens in new tab): “The jury verdict left little question that Samsung not solely willfully infringed Netlist patents, however at the moment makes use of Netlist expertise with no license on strategic merchandise which collectively signify the way forward for Samsung’s reminiscence enterprise,” including that the corporate was happy with the end result.
Samsung didn’t instantly reply to TechRadar Professional’s request for touch upon the listening to.