IRVINE, Calif., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Netlist, Inc. (NASDAQ: NLST), a designer and manufacturer of high-performance memory subsystems, today said that it is confident it will ultimately prevail in the ongoing legal actions related to its rank multiplication technologies. A recent communication received from the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in early April "in no way changes Netlist's outlook or the fact that its core technologies are protected and enforceable under the law," said Netlist President and CEO, C.K. Hong.
In what is characterized as a "non-final office action," the USPTO rejected the majority of the claims in a reexamination of Netlist's U.S. Patent No. 7,619,912 ("the '912 patent"), granted to Netlist in 2009 and one of Netlist's patents on the Company's innovative memory rank multiplication technology. However, Netlist now has the opportunity to respond to the USPTO by refuting these rejections and presenting its arguments in support of the patentability of the claims of the '912 patent.
Such reexaminations typically take years before the USPTO reaches its final determination. In doing so, the USPTO will consider Netlist's arguments and the comments of the parties that requested reexamination. It is common for the USPTO to revise its determination during such reexamination proceedings. For example, at an earlier stage of the reexamination process, the USPTO had reaffirmed the patentability of all 51 claims of the '912 patent.
Hong said that the recent reversal of the prior ruling by the USPTO will "allow us to make a strong case supporting our development and ownership of this technology, although the process will likely take years to conclude. We are at an early stage of the process in the USPTO, and the patent in question will remain valid and enforceable during the proceedings. Also, it is important to note that none of our current or pipeline technologies rely on any single piece of intellectual property for protection and commercialization."
Netlist, Inc. designs and manufactures high-performance, logic-based memory subsystems for datacenter server and high-performance computing and communications markets. Netlist's flagship products include HyperCloud Memory, which breaks traditional memory barriers and NetVault, a flash memory-based subsystem that enables data retention weeks following a disaster. The memory technologies are developed for applications in which high-speed, high-capacity memory, enhanced functionality, small form factor, and heat dissipation are key requirements. These applications include tower-servers, rack-mounted servers, blade servers, high-performance computing clusters, engineering workstations, and telecommunication equipment. Founded in 2000, Netlist is headquartered in Irvine, California with manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, People's Republic of China. For more information, visit the company's website at www.netlist.com.
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