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September 26, 2012

SMART Modular Technologies Pursues Preliminary Injunction against Netlist's HyperCloud DIMMs

By Meenakshi Shankar, TMCnet Contributor


United States District Court has authorized SMART Modular Technologies (News - Alert), a manufacturer of memory modules and embedded flash products, to proceed with its motion for a preliminary injunction. The preliminary injunction seeks to prevent Netlist from selling HyperCloud products in order to stop the alleged continuing infringement by Netlist – particularly its HyperCloud DIMM products.


SMART is an independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of electronic subsystems to OEMs engaged in the computer, industrial, networking, telecommunications, aerospace and defense markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM and Flash memory in various form factors.

SMART Modular had filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Case No. 2:12-cv-02319-MCE-EFB, accusing Netlist's HyperCloud of infringing SMART's U.S. Patent No. 8,250,295.

SMART alleges that Netlist has willfully infringed SMART's '295 patent as Netlist had knowledge of SMART's prior patent application for the rank multiplication technology.

In its suit, SMART alleges that Netlist has willfully infringed SMART's '295 patent as Netlist has had knowledge of SMART's prior patent application for the rank multiplication technology.

The U.S. Patent Office has found that SMART Modular's intellectual property invalidates almost all of the claims of Netlist's Patent Nos. 7,289,386; 7,619,912; and 7,864,627 relating to rank multiplication.

Netlist had previously sued Google (News - Alert) and other companies over Netlist's '386 patent. SMART Modular now seeks to end Netlist's business exploitation of SMART's intellectual property.

SMART Modular is part of the SMART family of global companies. The SMART family of companies is leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of electronic subsystems for the most demanding OEMs around the world.

SMART's presence in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management and supply-chain management worldwide.

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Edited by Braden Becker








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