- Google's Rehearing Request Denied and Smart Modular Patent Litigation Dismissed -
IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Netlist, Inc. (NLST) announced today an update on an inter partes reexamination of Netlist's US 7,619,912 ("912") patent. On January 31, 2019 the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), in response to Google's rehearing request, denied rehearing of the PTAB's previous decision upholding the validity of claims in Netlist's '912 patent. The PTAB's extensive rehearing decision rejected Google's three main points involving memory modules and the specific use of rank-selecting signals for rank multiplication. Google began its petition for reexamination of the '912 patent starting in 2010. Netlist believes the teachings of the '912 patent can be found in standards now being established for server memory modules at DDR5.
Netlist also noted that on January 22, 2019, patent litigation initiated by Smart Modular Technologies ("Smart Modular") against Netlist regarding U.S. Patent No. 8,250,295 ("the '295 patent") was dismissed with prejudice by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Netlist and Smart Modular jointly agreed to drop claims against one another including counter claims Netlist brought against Smart Modular and the '295 patent.
Netlist provides high-performance SSDs and modular memory subsystems to enterprise customers in diverse industries. Flagship products NVvault® and EXPRESSvault™ enable customers to accelerate data in their servers and storage and reliably protect enterprise-level cache, metadata and log data in the event of a system failure or power outage. HybriDIMM™, Netlist's next-generation storage class memory product, addresses the growing need for real-time analytics in Big Data applications, in-memory databases, high-performance computing and advanced data storage solutions. Netlist also manufactures and provides a line of specialty and legacy memory products to storage customers, appliance customers, system builders and cloud and datacenter customers. Netlist holds a portfolio of patents, many seminal, in the areas of hybrid memory, storage class memory, rank multiplication and load reduction. To learn more, visit www.netlist.com.
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