August 28, 2009
News Release 09-067
Inv. No. 337-TA-685
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain flash memory and products containing same. The products at issue in this investigation are flash memory chips and products such as GPS devices, routers, and network storage products that contain flash memory chips.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., of Korea, on July 31, 2009. A letter supplementing the complaint was filed on August 21, 2009. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain flash memory and products containing same that infringe patents asserted by Samsung. The complainant requests that the USITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders.

The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

Spansion, Inc., of Sunnyvale, CA;
Spansion LLC of Sunnyvale, CA;
Spansion Japan Limited of Japan;
Alpine Electronics, Inc., of Japan;
Alpine Electronics of America, Inc., of Torrance, CA;
D-Link Corporation of Taiwan;
D-Link Systems, Inc., of Fountain View, CA;
Slacker, Inc., of San Diego, CA;
Synology Inc., of Taiwan;
Synology North American Corp. of Redmond, WA;
Shenzhen Egreat Co., Ltd., of China; and
Appro International, Inc., of Milipitas, CA.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-685), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The USITC's Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC's six administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.

The USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. USITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the U.S. Trade Representative within that 60-day period.

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