In the past few years Sandisk has succesfully sued a few companies. However, the most recent event in this saga, including Ritek capulation led to this minor event:
Portfolio Media, New York (October 25, 2007)--Pretec Electronics Corp.’s failure to respond in its own defense to SanDisk Corp.’s patent infringement case over flash memory devices has led the court to issue an entry of default.
Sandisk is simply working now to herd all of the sheep. The sheep beeing small manufactureres who did not have enough royalties to be sued on a one to one basis.
If any of you go to retailers you will find companies such as Pny, Poloroid and Corsair selling SNDK designed cards. Such sales hurt Sandisk, and has moved the company from an IP to indeed a commodoty company.
Based on prior court rullings the move will be swift. Its a shame because I purchased most of my flash cards and USB drives from Pny//// They are very inexpensive
It's probably not significant initially. But there're several moves in the chess game like: 1) Those FLSH cards are banned from US, EU, and Japan mkts. 2) Banning them from Asia is another story. 3) Asian countries can still undersell via online. But it can be stopped by introduction of fakes.
You and others like you are the reason that companies have to sue. When you by cheap knock-offs you are acting like a fence to a thief. Don't try to justify your actions. You are participating in a crime. The courts will rule as much. I guess legally you would be referred to as an unindicted co-conspirator.Please don't reply by cursing and name-calling. There is already enough of that on this board. I am just answering the question. In the end we ALL pay for these kind of practices.
rebeldoe, you are wrong. This is a much more complex issue.
The consumer is purchsing according to the cost of the product. They are not stealing. It is the distributor and manufacturer who are stealing. Now, the recent changes in patent law is going to reward the thiefs. You can thank MSFT and others for pushing these changes. By doing so, they are F.... the US and companies that are engaged in high tech (MSFT has never created anying new).
The US is going down partially because we allowed Asia not to play by the rules. They steal our IP and use it without paying royalties (Samsung is one such company).