WANG LABORATORIES LICENSES SIMM TECHNOLOGY TO HITACHI
WANG LABORATORIES LICENSES SIMM TECHNOLOGY TO HITACHI LOWELL, Mass., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Wang Laboratories, Inc.
(AMEX: WAN) today announced that it has granted a license to Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) to manufacture, use, and sell single in-line memory modules (SIMMs) that are protected by two Wang patents. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Hitachi is the twentieth company to obtain a license from Wang since its two SIMM patents were upheld by a federal count in August 1991.
In that proceeding, the court 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 further 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. In addition, Wang has asked the International Trade Commission (ITC), an agency of the U.S. government, to ban the importation into the United States of SIMMs and products using SIMMs that violate the Wang patents. Wang's complaint specifically named seven companies, including Hitachi, that Wang alleges are importing SIMMs and products using SIMMs. Wang's complaint also asks the ITC to ban the importation of SIMMs and products that use SIMMs by all other companies not specifically named in the complaint, but who are infringing Wang's patents. On Feb. 20, 1992, the ITC voted unanimously to begin investigating the importation of SIMMs into the United States. The investigation could result in the exclusion from the United States of all SIMMs and products that use SIMMs that infringe Wang's patents. Under ITC procedures, the commission will make an initial decision on Wang's request on or about May 27, 1992. As part of its licensing agreement with Hitachi, Wang has agreed to drop ITC proceeding against Hitachi. A SIMM is made up of multiple memory chips mounted in a single unit. SIMMs provide large amounts of memory is 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. SIMM modules 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- 3/12/92 /CONTACT: Ed Pignone of Wang Laboratories, 508-967-4912/ (WAN HIT) CO: Wang Laboratories, Inc.; Hitachi Ltd. ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU: LIC
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