Netlist Prevails in Patent Reexamination Appeal
January 17, 2014 - IRVINE, CA
Netlist, Inc. (NASDAQ: NLST), a leading provider of high performance memory solutions for the cloud computing and storage markets, announced today that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") of the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a decision upholding the validity of all 60 claims in the reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,532,537 ("'537 Patent") brought by Inphi Corporation.
In its decision on January 16, 2014, the PTAB dismissed every single validity challenge raised by Inphi and affirmed the Examiner's decision to allow the claims. These claims are directed to fundamental concepts of load reduction and rank multiplication which are integral to the design of LRDIMMs. The '537 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California, which has been stayed pending the outcome of the reexamination.
"The PTAB's decision to uphold the validity of the '537 Patent after three years of reexamination is a significant victory for Netlist and a major milestone in the build-out of our industry-leading patent portfolio for high performance server memory," said Netlist President and CEO, C.K. Hong. "We are unaware of any other portfolio with battle-tested patents that covers more features of the LRDIMM architecture. This decision by the USPTO will help accelerate the patent monetization process with a wide range of industry participants as the market for LRDIMMs grows at a rapid pace."
Netlist has steadily invested in and grown its IP portfolio, which now includes 41 issued patents and more than 29 US and foreign pending patent applications in the areas of high performance memory and hybrid memory technologies.
Netlist, Inc. designs and manufactures high-performance, logic-based memory subsystems for server and storage applications for cloud computing. Netlist's flagship products include HyperCloud®, a patented memory technology that breaks traditional performance barriers, NVvault and EXPRESSvault family of products that significantly accelerate system performance and provide mission critical fault tolerance, and a broad portfolio of industrial flash and specialty memory subsystems including VLP (very low profile) DIMMs and Planar-X RDIMMs.
Netlist develops technology solutions for customer applications in which high-speed, high-capacity, small form factor and efficient heat dissipation are key requirements for system memory. These customers include OEMs that design and build tower, rack-mounted, and blade servers, high-performance computing clusters, engineering workstations and telecommunications equipment. Founded in 2000, Netlist is headquartered in Irvine, CA with manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, People's Republic of China. Learn more at www.netlist.com.
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