|[March 29, 2012]
The TPL Group Files Second Wave of ITC and District Court Complaints on CORE Flash Technology
CUPERTINO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
The TPL Group announced today that it has filed a Complaint with the US
International Trade Commission and a corresponding Complaint in the US
District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against 19
companies it believes are infringing its CORE Flash Patent Portfolio.
CORE Flash technology generally relates to devices capable of reading
multiple flash memory card types.
TPL continues to invest aggressively to protect its CORE Flash licensee
community. More than 30 companies have purchased CORE Flash Patent
Portfolio licenses, including, Lexmark, ASUStek, Royal Philips (News - Alert), Belkin,
IOGear, Lenovo Group, Audiovox and Viewsonic.
This is the second group of complaints filed by TPL on its CORE Flash
technology. TPL previously filed complaints with the ITC and in US
District Court against 18 companies in August 2011. Eight of those
companies have since purchased licenses. Five active respondents remain
in the investigation. The remainder of the original respondents were
either terminated based on findings of default or stipulated onsent
orders. Under the current schedule, trial commences in September 2012
and the target date for the completion of the investigation is February
The ITC Petition and the District Court Complaint filed this week name a
total of 21 companies, including Acer Inc.; Brother Industries, Ltd.;
Canon Inc.; Dane-Elec (News - Alert) Memory; Dell Inc.; Falcon Northwest Computer
Systems, Inc.; Fujitsu Limited; Jasco Products Company; Hewlett-Packard
Company; HiTi Digital, Inc.; Kingston Technology Company, Inc.; Lexar
Media, Inc.; Microdia Limited; Newegg Inc.; Sabrent; Samsung (News - Alert) Electronics
Co., Ltd.; Seiko Epson Corporation; Shuttle Inc.; Systemax Inc..
About the CORE Flash Portfolio
The CORE Flash Portfolio contains intellectual property that was
developed and productized by the OnSpec Division of The TPL Group. The
Portfolio includes 32 US and international patents, and nine pending
patent applications. The CORE Flash Portfolio technologies protect key
aspects of flash-memory management and control, including software,
firmware, hardware, and mechanical designs.
About The TPL Group
Founded in 1988, The TPL Group has evolved as a coalition of
technology-based enterprises dedicated to the development, management
and commercialization of proprietary technology, and the design,
manufacture and sales of proprietary products based on those IP assets.
Among the advanced products that TPL brings to market are
multi-core microprocessors, memory management and control devices,
advanced hearing and listening solutions, energy efficient computing
architectures, encryption storage products, sub-wavelength acoustic
transducers, wafer-level packaging, and solderless pcb-assembly
technology. For more information, visit www.tplgroup.net.
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