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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
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    Default 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

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    So pretty much this only concerns the classic ipod right? what do u think will happen
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    Quote Originally Posted by westerman View Post
    So pretty much this only concerns the classic ipod right?
    wrong, backwards

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    all those companies should get together and pool some funds and have BTG ceo and others ....'d

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    classic iPod uses a harddrive and not flash memory

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    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 .

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    And how exactly does this effect us?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
    Payoff??
    Wouldn't that be equivalent to paying royalties to use the technology?

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    they kinda patended the flash memory equivalent to breathing ..

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    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?

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    ill be interested to see where this goes...
    This is getting a lil' ridiculous...

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    Well i want to see how this turns out

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    blah... its just another day, really apples not just going to be like "oh your right, were sorry, lets just quit" right?
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    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.

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    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?
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    I'd have to agree with that.
    i second that
    this story is just rediculous



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