Chip maker Spansion sues Samsung for infringement

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Flash memory maker Spansion has filed two lawsuits against Samsung Electronics , accusing the electronics manufacturer of infringing its patents, Spansion said on Monday.

Spansion said it filed one lawsuit with the International Trade Commission and the second with the U.S. District Court in Delaware. A draft copy of the Delaware suit obtained by Reuters listed Samsung and four U.S. subsidiaries as the defendants.

"Spansion is seeking the exclusion from the U.S. market of well over one hundred million MP3 players, cell phones, digital cameras and other consumer electronic devices containing Samsung's infringing flash memory components," the company said in a statement.

The draft ITC document has a long list of proposed respondents, including Samsung and its U.S. subsidiaries as well as companies which use the infringing Samsung products, including Apple Inc, Asus, Kingston, Lenovo , PNY, Research in Motion, Sony and Sony-Ericsson.

Spansion said it estimated that the infringing technology accounted for more than $30 billion in Samsung's global revenues since 2003, the company said in a statement.

Spansion requested treble damages and an order barring the infringing products from entering the United States.

Flash memory allows a device to retain data even when its power is turned off.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz, editing by Richard Chang)

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Keywords: SPANSION SAMSUNG/PATENT

Keywords: SPANSION SAMSUNG/PATENT

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics was hit with two separate sets of lawsuits as Eastman Kodak and Spansion both accused it of infringing on their patented technology.

Spansion accused Samsung of infringing its technology for flash memory, which allows a device to retain data even when its power is turned off.

Kodak accused Samsung and LG Electronics of infringing its patents for digital cameras. The suits were filed with the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.

The ITC is a popular venue for patent infringement lawsuits since it can stop the importation of items made with infringed technology.

Samsung had no immediate comment on either lawsuit.

A draft copy of the Delaware suit obtained by Reuters listed Samsung and four U.S. subsidiaries as defendants.

"Spansion is seeking the exclusion from the U.S. market of well over one hundred million MP3 players, cell phones, digital cameras and other consumer electronic devices containing Samsung's infringing flash memory components," the company said in a statement.

The draft ITC document has a long list of proposed respondents, including Samsung and its U.S. subsidiaries as well as companies which use the infringing Samsung products, including Apple Inc, Asus, Kingston, Lenovo , PNY, Research in Motion, Sony and Sony Ericsson.

Spansion said it estimated that the infringing technology accounted for more than $30 billion in Samsung's global revenue since 2003, the company said in a statement.

Spansion filed one lawsuit against Samsung with the ITC and the second with the U.S. District Court in Delaware.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Bernard Orr) Keywords: SAMSUNG/PATENTS Keywords: SAMSUNG/PATENTS

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