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August 25, 2014
09:24 EDTNLST, IPHINetlist announces PTAB of USPTO denied Inphi request for rehearing
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or PTAB, of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, issued a final decision in the reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,532,537 denying Inphi Corporation's request for a rehearing. The '537 reexamination appeal in the USPTO is now closed. With this action, the PTAB reaffirmed its earlier decision upholding the validity of all 60 claims in the '537 patent reexamination, dismissing every single validity challenge raised by Inphi. These claims are directed to fundamental concepts of load reduction and rank multiplication which are integral to the design of LRDIMMs at DDR3 and DDR4. Inphi's only opportunity to challenge the PTAB's final decision is an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which it must file by mid-October. 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, including any subsequent appeals.
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08:07 EDTNLSTUSPTO Examiner reconfirms patentability of Netlist's LRDIMM patent claims
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Examiner in the consolidated reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,619,912 issued an Answer maintaining the patentability of 92 claims related to LRDIMM. The reexaminations were brought in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Google (GOOG), Inphi Corporation, and SMART Modular Technologies. The 92 patentable claims are generally directed to the fundamental concept of rank multiplication which is integral to the design of the LRDIMM. The Examiner issued the Answer on January 14, 2015, in response to voluminous appeal briefs filed by Google, Inphi, and SMART Modular. The Examiner considered arguments from all parties and ultimately maintained his conclusions as to the patentability of these claims, while maintaining the rejection of 11 other claims. The parties will now have the opportunity to file rebuttal briefs before the reexamination proceeds to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board for oral arguments, likely later this year or early next. The '912 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Google in the Northern District of California and Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California. Both sets of litigation have been stayed pending the outcome of this and other reexamination proceedings.

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