SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Spansion Inc. (NYSE :CODE ), a global leader in embedded systems solutions, today responded to an announcement by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that it would institute an investigation requested by Macronix.
"This decision is standard ITC procedure and is not related to the merits of this case," said Ali Pourkeramati, senior vice president of Flash Memory Business at Spansion. "As the ITC stated in its own press release: 'by instituting this investigation (337-TA-909), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case.' We believe that Macronix has requested this investigation without regard to its underlying merit as an attempt to counter our earlier case against Macronix at the ITC. The Macronix patents that have been asserted have questionable validity, lack domestic industry and are not infringed by Spansion products."
Pourkeramati continued, "We are pleased to note that the Commission has expressly ordered the Administrative Law Judge to take evidence on how the relief requested by Macronix will negatively impact the public interest, including US consumers and competitive conditions in the US economy. As a US-based company, we think these factors will favor Spansion."
With regard to a recent press release filed by Macronix, Pourkeramati said, "It is regrettable that Macronix has attempted to impugn Spansion's character through the press. Spansion adamantly denies all allegations in Macronix's press release. Our customers are aligned with us, and we are confident that the patent case will be resolved in Spansion's favor."
The ITC investigation based on Spansion's complaint filed in August 2013 is scheduled to go to trial in May of 2014, and any possible trial resulting from the Macronix ITC complaint will be nearly half-a-year behind.
Spansion's case against Macronix is built on successfully asserted patents pertaining to the structure, manufacturing and security of Flash memory cells. The IP is used in a wide variety of applications including networking equipment, automotive, industrial and consumer electronics.
Spansion (NYSE :CODE ) is a global leader in Flash memory-based embedded systems solutions. Spansion's Flash memory, microcontrollers, analog and mixed signal products drive the development of faster, intelligent, secure and energy efficient electronics. Spansion is at the heart of electronics systems, connecting, controlling, storing and powering everything from automotive electronics and industrial systems to the highly interactive and immersive consumer devices that are enriching people's daily lives. For more information, visit http://www.spansion.com
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