The seven patents relate to manufacturing of flash memory chips, compact memory with serial interfaces, security of memory cells, and circuit designs for flash memory. The patents in suit represent only a small fraction of Macronix world-wide patent portfolio, states the press release issued by the memory maker.
Macronix’ large investments in the research and development of non-volatile memory technology have secured the company with many patents (over 5,000 patents granted worldwide).
In this action, Macronix is seeking to recover money damages, as well as obtain an injunction prohibiting Spansion’s unauthorized use of Macronix patent rights.
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