SanDisk Files Lawsuit Against SK Hynix for Theft of Trade Secrets

  SanDisk Files Lawsuit Against SK Hynix for Theft of Trade Secrets

Business Wire

MILPITAS, Calif. -- March 13, 2014

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions,
today announced that it has filed a civil lawsuit against Korea’s SK Hynix,
Inc., SK Hynix America and related entities in Santa Clara Superior Court. The
lawsuit seeks damages, an injunction and other remedies against Hynix for
trade secret misappropriation under California’s Uniform Trade Secret Act.

Additionally, SanDisk has submitted a criminal complaint with the Tokyo
Metropolitan Police Department against a former employee.

These actions relate to the theft of trade secrets related to NAND flash
technology by a former engineer of SanDisk who left the company in 2008 to
work for SK Hynix. This engineer is alleged to have illegally taken SanDisk’s
proprietary technical information and to have subsequently provided it to SK
Hynix.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police today announced the arrest of the former employee,
who worked at SanDisk’s joint venture manufacturing facility in Yokkaichi,
Japan. SanDisk has been and continues to cooperate with law enforcement in
their investigation.

SanDisk’s joint venture relationship with Toshiba Corporation has been in
place for nearly 15 years and represents one of the most successful
partnerships in the semiconductor industry. SanDisk and Toshiba together have
enabled more than 10 generations of NAND flash technologies over these years.

“SanDisk strongly believes in the value of IP, and takes protecting trade
secrets seriously,” said Judy Bruner, executive vice president,
administration, and chief financial officer at SanDisk. “We are working
diligently with the authorities as well as our partner on these matters and
are aggressively pursuing all legal remedies available to us.”

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a
global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has
expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative
products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s
quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's
largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs.
SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail
stores worldwide. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.

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Contact:

SanDisk Corporation
Media Contact:
Laura Bakken, 408-801-7653
laura.bakken@sandisk.com
or
Investor Contacts:
Jay Iyer, 408-801-2067
jay.iyer@sandisk.com
Brendan Lahiff, 408-801-1732
brendan.lahiff@sandisk.com
 
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