SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. here today announced it has filed a patent infringement suit against Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and three of its U.S. affiliates over DRAM technology.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, claims that Samsung has infringed upon three of Matsushita's DRAM patents. The suit involves the following parties: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Kyonggi, Korea; Samsung Electronics America Inc., Ridgefield Park, N.J.; Samsung Semiconductor Inc., San Jose, Calif.; and Samsung Austin Semiconductor L.L.C., Austin, Tex.
In the suit, Matsushita is seeking damages "in excess of $100 million for each patent" infringed by Samsung, according to a spokesman for the U.S. subsidiary of Matsushita. The Japanese company is also seeking an injunction against Samsung for selling DRAMs, based on the infringed patents, the company said.
The filing came after a two-year negotiation between Matsushita and Samsung failed to reach an agreement, according to the company. Matsushita makes DRAMs for its own, internal products; it does not sell these memories in the merchant market.
Matsushita did not elaborate on the details of the suit, but noted the action involves three U.S. patents: '5375 095, '5053 998, and '5475 648.