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Netac Wins Patent Infringement Case Against Micron for USB Drives

In a judgment dated April 26, 2020, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court ruled in favor of Netac Technology Co Ltd. against Micron Consumer Products Group, Inc. for patent infringement of CN1088218C.  However, damages were only 500,000 RMB (about $70,500 USD) and no injunction was awarded as the patent expired.  This contrasts with the recent ruling of 40 million RMB made in favor of Gree. The case # is (2017)京73民初323号 .

Netac is a consumer electronics company based in Shenzhen that manufactures USB drives.  At issue were 32GB LEXAR M20 flash drive products imported into China and sold online at Jingdong Mall.  Micron no longer makes Lexar branded products however.  On August 31, 2017, the Lexar branding and trademark rights were acquired by Longsys from Micron.  Longsys has since started selling USB drives under the Lexar name.

The full text of the decision can be found here (Chinese only).

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Aaron Wininger IP Attorney China Portfolio Development
Director of China Intellectual Property Law Practice Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Aaron Wininger is a Senior Attorney and Schwegman’s Director of China Intellectual Property. Aaron counsels both U.S. and Chinese companies on portfolio development and preparation of their patent applications and office action responses. He has worked with clients in the areas of software, networks (wired and wireless), lasers, medical devices, semiconductors and physics.

Aaron prosecutes both Chinese and U.S. trademarks. He has also drafted and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and international patent applications in a broad spectrum of areas, including computer hardware and software,...