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December 10, 2012
09:03 EDTNLSTNetlist SMART Modular patent claims rejected by USPTO
Netlist announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, has ordered reexamination and rejected all of the claims of United States Patent No. 8,250,295 which have been asserted in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Smart Modular Technologies, against Netlist. Netlist requested reexamination of the claims on September 15 by presenting the USPTO with six different combinations of prior art that had not been considered in the original examination of the '295 patent. After reviewing Netlist's reexamination request, the USPTO concluded that there is a reasonable likelihood that these claims will be found invalid based on each of the six combinations and thus ordered reexamination. The USPTO then followed the order granting reexamination with an Office Action where it formally rejected the claims based on the same six prior art combinations.
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August 25, 2014
09:24 EDTNLSTNetlist 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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