HSINCHU, Taiwan--Winbond Electronics Corp. here today said it has begun notifying U.S. customers that it is now able to reintroduce EPROMs, EEPROMs, flash memories and other nonvolatile memory products after an exclusion order in a patent dispute with Atmel Corp. expired last week.
Two years ago, San Jose-based Atmel won a lengthy legal fight and injunctions against Silicon Storage Technologies Inc., Winbond Electronics Corp., and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., which were accused of infringing upon the company's patents in nonvolatile memories and flash-based microcontrollers. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) barred importation of ICs and system products using devices that infringed upon Atmel's patent in that case.
Winbond said the exclusion order on its products expired on Sept. 15. The Taiwan chip maker said it is now able to import nonvolatile memory-based products into the United States, and it is now assisting customers with verifying any related U.S. custom procedures.