SanDisk, PNY settle patent dispute

SanDisk will allow PNY to continue distribution of flash storage products

PNY Technologies and SanDisk on Thursday settled a patent dispute that will allow PNY to continue distribution of flash storage products.

As part of the settlement, PNY will license technology from SanDisk and pay royalties to distribute flash-memory products including USB (Universal Serial Bus) drives and CompactFlash cards. Other terms of the agreement were not released.

SanDisk originally sought legal action against multiple flash storage vendors, including PNY Technologies, as part of three patent-infringement suits filed in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Alleging the vendors of violating multiple patents, SanDisk sought damages and an order from the ITC banning import of flash-memory products into the U.S.

The settlement with PNY will not disrupt patent claims pending against other vendors, SanDisk said in a statement.

SanDisk and PNY Technologies representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

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