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January 17, 2014
08:47 EDTNLSTNetlist prevails in patent reexamination appeal
Netlist announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a decision upholding the validity of all 60 claims in the reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,532,537 brought by Inphi Corporation. In its decision on January 16, the PTAB dismissed every single validity challenge raised by Inphi and affirmed the Examiner's decision to allow the claims. These claims are directed to fundamental concepts of load reduction and rank multiplication which are integral to the design of LRDIMMs. 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. Netlist has steadily invested in and grown its IP portfolio, which now includes 41 issued patents and more than 29 U.S. and foreign pending patent applications in the areas of high performance memory and hybrid memory technologies.
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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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