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SanDisk Sues To Enforce Memory System Patents

ott 24, 2007

Twenty-Five Card Vendors and Controller Suppliers Named in Patent Infringement Suits

MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA, October 24, 2007 - SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced the filing of three patent infringement actions against 25 companies that manufacture, sell and import USB flash drives, CompactFlash cards, multimedia cards, MP3/media players and/or other removable flash storage products. The actions, filed in the United States District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin and in the United States International Trade Commission ("ITC"), allege that the defendants have infringed various SanDisk system-level patents, and seek damages and a permanent injunction in the federal court actions, as well as a permanent exclusion order from the ITC banning importation of the products into the United States.
 
"These actions demonstrate SanDisk's long-term commitment to enforcing its patents, both to protect our investment in research and development by obtaining a fair return on that investment, and out of fairness to third-parties that participate in our patent licensing program," said E. Earle Thompson, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at SanDisk. "Our goal is to resolve these matters by offering the defendants the opportunity to participate in our patent licensing program for card and system technology. Otherwise, we will aggressively pursue these actions, seeking a prompt judicial resolution awarding damages, obtaining injunctive relief and banning importation of infringing product." 
 
In the ITC action, SanDisk is suing numerous companies for infringement of five SanDisk patents, including:
 
  • ACP-EP Memory
  • A-Data
  • Apacer
  • Behavior Computer (d/b/a Emprex)
  • Buffalo
  • Chipsbank
  • Corsair Memory
  • Dane-Elec
  • Edge
  • Imation/Memorex
  • Interactive Media (d/b/aKanguru)
  • Kaser
  • Kingston
  • LG Electronics
  • Phison Electronics
  • PNY
  • PQI
  • Silicon Motion
  • Skymedi
  • Transcend
  • TSR (d/b/a T.One)
  • USBest
  • Verbatim
  • Welldone Company
  • Zotek/Zodata (d/b/a Huke)

In the first Wisconsin District Court case, SanDisk is suing numerous companies for infringement of the five patents also at issue in the ITC complaint, including:
 
  • ACP-EP Memory
  • A-Data
  • Apacer
  • Behavior Computer (d/b/a Emprex)
  • Buffalo
  • Chipsbank
  • Corsair Memory
  • Dane-Elec
  • Edge
  • Imation/Memorex
  • Interactive Media (d/b/a Kanguru)
  • Kingston
  • LG Electronics
  • Phison Electronics
  • PNY
  • PQI
  • Silicon Motion
  • Skymedi
  • Transcend
  • TSR (d/b/a T.One)
  • USBest
  • Verbatim
  • Welldone Company
  • Zotek/Zodata (d/b/a Huke).
 
In the second Wisconsin District Court case, SanDisk is suing numerous companies for infringement of an additional two patents that are not involved in the ITC action or the first Wisconsin District Court case, including: 

  • A-Data
  • Apacer
  • Behavior Computer (d/b/a Emprex)
  • Buffalo
  • Dane-Elec 
  • Kingston
  • Phison Electronics
  • PQI
  • PNY
  • Skymedi
  • Silicon Motion
  • Transcend
  • USBest
  • Verbatim
  • Zotek/Zodata (d/b/a Huke)
 
SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is one of the world's largest suppliers of flash data storage card products, using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is headquartered in Milpitas, California, and has operations worldwide, with more than half its sales outside the United States.
 

 
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This press release contains forward-looking statements, including SanDisk's overall patent enforcement strategy and SanDisk's strategies and expectations regarding the specific litigation described herein  that are based on SanDisk's current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include, among others: we may be unable to negotiate and enter into licenses with the defendants in these patent cases; our litigation or settlement strategy may change; we may become subject to one or more countersuits by the defendants in these actions; we may be unsuccessful in these actions or otherwise may be unable to protect our intellectual property rights, which could harm our business, financial condition and results of operations;;  the litigation described herein may be costly, may divert the efforts of our key personnel and could result in adverse court rulings, which could materially harm our business; and the other risks detailed from time-to-time under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in SanDisk's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including its Annual Report on  Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 and its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. SanDisk does not undertake any obligation to update the information contained in this press release.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:   SanDisk Corporation
  Mike Wong
  +1 408-801-1240
  mwong@sandisk.com
 

INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT:
 Lori Barker
  +1 408-801-1384
  lbarker@sandisk.com
 
 

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