Pendrell Sues Kingston Amid Ongoing Efforts to Delist and Divest

February 13, 2018

Memory Technologies LLC (MTL), a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation, has filed suit against Kingston Technology (8:18-cv-00171), asserting eight patents from a larger portfolio acquired from Nokia early in 2013. MTL alleges that “as many as 82 of its patents belong to families with patents essential to various memory and electronic storage standards”, including the JEDEC eMMC standard and Secure Digital Association Physical Layer Specification (“SD Standard”). The complaint accuses Kingston of infringement through the manufacture and sale of certain SD cards and eMMC memory products, MTL further pleading that the defendant has been on notice of alleged infringement of the asserted patents since October 2013 but has not responded to repeated offers of a license under reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) terms. The new case follows a 2017 that saw Pendrell lose significant Federal Circuit appeals in its long-running campaign to enforce its digital rights management (DRM) portfolio, take steps to delist its securities from the NASDAQ exchange, and reportedly divest itself of a major patent portfolio.

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