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March 13, 2013
08:04 EDTNLSTNetlist issued two new patents by USPTO
Netlist announced that the USPTO issued to Netlist U.S. Patent 8,345,427 and U.S. Patent 8,359,501. The newly-issued patents address growing technical bottlenecks in the area of high-density server memory. As density progression of monolithic DRAMs slows, server memory solutions will increasingly require technologies that can integrate a greater number of existing, lower-density DRAM chips in order to achieve high-density modules. The '427 patent claims innovations critical to integrating a large number of DRAMs on a single DIMM by allowing a stack of multiple memory boards to fit in a single DIMM socket and remain cool despite the dense design form factor. Another growing challenge for the memory industry is the ability to rigorously test large amounts of memory at operating speeds. The '501 patent claims a revolutionary technology that significantly reduces the time it takes to thoroughly test high density server memory modules "at speed," providing Netlist with a key competitive advantage, the ability to efficiently yield high quality memory products.
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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.
January 15, 2015
09:29 EDTNLSTNetlist claim against Diablo controller chips upheld
Netlist (NLST) announced that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion filed by Diablo Technologies on January 13 requesting the Court to stay the Preliminary Injunction against controller chips used by SanDisk (SNDK) in its high-speed ULLtraDIMM SSD product line. The Preliminary Injunction will therefore remain in place. The Court in a separate ruling rejected SanDisk's request that it be allowed to sell existing inventory of the enjoined products. This order made clear that Diablo and SanDisk are working in concert and are now prohibited from manufacturing and selling the Diablo controller chipset used in the ULLtraDIMM and as a result, from further sale or distribution by SanDisk of the ULLtraDIMM itself.

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