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SanDisk settles patent dispute over flash storage

SanDisk and Ritek have settled their patent litigation dispute, with Ritek agreeing to pay to use SanDisk-patented flash-storage technology.

But US-based SanDisk is now going after other companies that it says wrongly use its technology for various storage products.

“We are very happy to sign a cross-license agreement with each other and reach a win-win solution between both parties,” said Eric Ai, deputy announcer of Ritek.

“We are now the only Taiwanese manufacturer of flash cards, USB flash drives and storage systems that is licensed by SanDisk. SanDisk’s intellectual-property umbrella will enable further growth of our business.”

Our customers can use Ritek flash cards and USB drives with certainty that there will be no downstream interruption from SanDisk,” he said.

E Earle Thompson, SanDisk chief intellectual property counsel, said, “This cross license is a significant step in ensuring that SanDisk’s extensive card and storage system patents are respected globally.

“We are pleased with Ritek’s decision to be the first Taiwanese manufacturer to take our new non-volatile memory system license agreement. We will license other manufacturers of flash cards, USB flash drives and storage systems, while vigorously pursuing parties that infringe or contribute to the infringement of our intellectual property,” he said.

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