Chipmaker Spansion Sues Samsung for Infringement

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The patent infringement lawsuit by Spansion seeks to ban the import of Apple iPod and RIM Blackberry products to the United States. Spansion's lawsuit against Samsung Electronics would affect more than 100 million MP3 players, cell phones, digital cameras and other consumer electronic products that contain Samsung flash memory components, including Apple iPod and RIM Blackberry products.

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Flash memory maker Spansion (SPSN.O) has filed two lawsuits against Samsung Electronics (005930.KS), 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 (AAPL.O), Asus (S0283.MC), Kingston, Lenovo (0992.HK), PNY, Research in Motion (RIM.TO), Sony (6758.T) (SNE.N) 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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