On January 5, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Flash Memory Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1034).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a November 30, 2016 complaint filed by Memory Technologies, LLC of Las Vegas, Nevada alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain flash memory devices and components thereof that infringe U.S. Patent Nos. RE45,542; RE45,486; 7,565,469; 9,063,850; and 8,307,180. See our December 20, 2016 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified SanDisk LLC of Milpitas, California, Western Digital Corp. of Irvine, California, Western Digital Technologies, Inc. of Milpitas, California, SanDisk Limited of Japan, San Disk Storage Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. of Malaysia, and SanDisk SemiConductor (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. of China as the respondents in this investigation.