WANG SUES MAJOR JAPANESE SIMM MAKERS
WANG SUES MAJOR JAPANESE SIMM MAKERS LOWELL, Mass., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Wang Laboratories, Inc.
(AMEX: WAN) today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Mitsubishi Electronics America, Inc. and NMB Technologies, Inc., the U.S. subsidiaries of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Tokyo and NMB Semiconductor Co., Ltd. of Chica, Japan. Wang's complaint was filed in the U.S. Federal District Court in Alexandria, Va. on June 4, 1992, and alleges that the Mitsubishi and NMB subsidiaries are manufacturing, using, and selling single in-line memory modules (SIMMs) that infringe two Wang patents. Wang seeks preliminary and permanent court orders halting both defendants from manufacturing, using, and selling SIMMs in the United States. In addition, Wang seeks treble monetary damages for Mitsubishi's and NMB's alleged infringement and attorney's fees because their conduct has been willful.
Wang also stated that it intends to enforce its SIMM patent licensing program by aggressively pursuing other SIMM manufacturers and distributors that it believes are violating its patents. The company stated that it was filing suit against American Computer & Digital Components of Baldwin Park, Calif.; Wintec of Fremont, Calif., and Clearpoint of Hopkinton, Mass., all unauthorized SIMM manufacturers. The company also stated that additional lawsuits can be expected. In August 1991, the federal court in Alexandria found that NEC Corporation and Toshiba Corporation had manufactured and sold SIMMs in violation of the Wang patents. The court ordered NEC and Toshiba to pay Wang $3.3 million, plus interest, as damages for past patent infringements and ordered the two companies to halt the manufacture, sale, and use of infringing SIMMs in the United States. Following the court's decision, Wang has aggressively sought to enforce its SIMM patent rights against other infringing companies and to license manufacturers, distributors, and users of SIMMs. Wang has already granted licenses to over 30 U.S. and foreign companies since its victory in the federal court. Wang also announced that it has moved to withdraw the complaint that it filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC), an agency of the U.S. government, and has requested that the ITC terminate the investigation of its complaint. Wang's complaint asks the ITC to ban the importation into the United States of both SIMMs and products using SIMMs that violate the Wang patents. The success of Wang's SIMM licensing program since the ITC began its investigation prompted the company to withdrawing its ITC complaint and to pursue its rights against Mitsubishi and NMB in the federal court where monetary damages are available. The ITC does not grant monetary damages. Wang's ITC complaint originally named seven companies that it claimed were violating its patents. Of those seven companies, five have reached agreement with Wang and have been dismissed from the action. Mitsubishi and NMB are the only two companies named in the ITC complaint that have failed to sign licensing agreements with Wang. Wang has already signed licensing agreements with most of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of SIMMs. They include Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and OKi Electric Industry Co., Ltd. all of whom were named in the ITC complaint, and Goldstar Electronic Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., and Siemens Components, Inc., who were not named in the ITC complaint. In addition, Intel Corporation has agreed to import only SIMMs that are manufactured by Wang licensees. Although Intel does not manufacture SIMMs, it was named in the ITC complaint because it is a major user and distributor of these products. A SIMM is made up of multiple memory chips mounted in a single unit. SIMMs provide large amounts of memory in a small package that is highly reliable since memory chips do not have to be soldered one at a time onto the main printed circuit board of a computer. SIMMs make it easier to assemble PCs and other computer products, and since the SIMMs are installed on the main circuit board vertically or at an angle, they take up a fraction of the space that would be required by memory chips mounted flat. SIMMs have made it easy for PC users to add PC memory. Rather than having to exchange the entire PC board or solder new memory chips in place individually, users simply insert new SIMM modules. Equally important, this technology ensures that PC users can upgrade their PC memory with ease as new, higher-density memory becomes available. -0- 6/10/92 /CONTACT: Ed Pignone of Wang Laboratories, 508-967-4912/ (WAN) CO: Wang Laboratories, Inc. ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:
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