File this under: interesting to follow, but not going to happen. Spansion, the number 3 worldwide maker of flash memory chips, has sued Samsung, the Samsung is the world’s biggest memory chip maker, citing patent infringement.
“Spansion has patents that are fundamental to flash memory. Samsung itself has cited these patents many times in its own patent filings, underscoring industry acceptance of the fundamental nature of Spansion’s (intellectual property),” Robert Melendres, Spansion’s general counsel, said in a statement.
This story gets interesting, however, when it is noted that Spansion also wants to block all U.S. sales of BlackBerrys, iPods and many other electronics because they use Samsung chips. Spansion claims more than “100 million mp3 players, cell phones, digital cameras and other consumer electronic devices” are made with Samsung flash memory chips that violate Spansion patents. While it is highly unlikely that we’ll see a hold in BlackBerry sales due to this lawsuit, it will be interesting to see how much Samsung will pay to make this go away, and if that cost will be passed down to the consumer — namely, us.