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  • ITC investigates Apple for Flash Memory Patent Violation
    The International Trade Commission is investigating Apple for a possible flash memory patent violation after BTG International, the patent holder, filed a claim.
    The complaint alleges that (the companies) unlawfully import into the U.S., sell for importation, and sell within the U.S. after importation certain MLC flash memory chips and products containing the same, which allegedly infringe BTG’s U.S. Patent Nos. 5,394,362, 5,764,571, 5,872,735, 6,104,640, and 6,118,692,
    Specifically the patents "relate to methods and apparatuses for programming and reading Flash memory cells that store more than a single bit of information per cell;” which Apple has implemented in ALL of its current iPods and iPhones except for the iPod Classic.

    BTG International is requesting the the International Trade Commission orders that chips and products that have chips that violate the patents are barred from importation into the US. BTG International is also lobbying for a cease and desist order served to all companies involved including Apple, Samsung, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, PNY, Research in Motion, Sony, and Transcend.

    via itc blog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: ITC investigates Apple for Flash Memory Patent Violation started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      So pretty much this only concerns the classic ipod right? what do u think will happen
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      Quote Originally Posted by westerman View Post
      So pretty much this only concerns the classic ipod right?
      wrong, backwards
    1. H0CKEY's Avatar
      H0CKEY -
      all those companies should get together and pool some funds and have BTG ceo and others ....'d
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      classic iPod uses a harddrive and not flash memory
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Someone is gonna get a little hush money on this . No way are they going to stop apple from using this in there ipods and iphones .
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Payoff??
    1. DMI187's Avatar
      DMI187 -
      All Go and Buy the 3Gs Before that do a Recall
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      And how exactly does this effect us?
    1. Xagest's Avatar
      Xagest -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Payoff??
      Wouldn't that be equivalent to paying royalties to use the technology?
    1. Cocchiararo's Avatar
      Cocchiararo -
      they kinda patended the flash memory equivalent to breathing ..
    1. [AnubiS]'s Avatar
      [AnubiS] -
      I don't understand how can you patent something so vague "methods and apparatuses for programming and reading Flash memory cells that store more than a single bit of information per cell" that can be everything. how the ITC allow something like that?
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      ill be interested to see where this goes...
    1. cocoabean772's Avatar
      cocoabean772 -
      Well i want to see how this turns out
    1. kriffer's Avatar
      kriffer -
      blah... its just another day, really apples not just going to be like "oh your right, were sorry, lets just quit" right?
    1. canadiancow's Avatar
      canadiancow -
      Quote Originally Posted by [AnubiS] View Post
      I don't understand how can you patent something so vague "methods and apparatuses for programming and reading Flash memory cells that store more than a single bit of information per cell" that can be everything. how the ITC allow something like that?
      I'd have to agree with that.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by [AnubiS] View Post
      I don't understand how can you patent something so vague "methods and apparatuses for programming and reading Flash memory cells that store more than a single bit of information per cell" that can be everything. how the ITC allow something like that?
      Quote Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
      I'd have to agree with that.
      i second that
      this story is just rediculous