Toshiba Brings Lawsuit Against SK Hynix Inc.
TOKYO -- March 13, 2014
Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that it has brought a civil
suit against Korea’s SK Hynix Inc. at the Tokyo District Court, under Japan’s
Unfair Competition Prevention Act. The suit seeks damages for the wrongful
acquisition and use of Toshiba’s proprietary technical information related to
NAND flash memory, which Toshiba pioneered in 1987 and now jointly develops
and produces with SanDisk Corporation of the U.S.
Toshiba filed the suit on learning that a former employee of SK Hynix has been
arrested in Japan for alleged criminal infringement of the Unfair Competition
Prevention Act. The employee formerly worked for SanDisk in a NAND flash
memory development project conducted in partnership with Toshiba at Yokkaichi
Operations, Toshiba’s flash memory technology development and mass production
base in Mie prefecture, Japan. The employee is alleged to have illegally taken
Toshiba’s proprietary technical information in 2008, and to have subsequently
provided it to SK Hynix.
SK Hynix is a business partner of Toshiba. However, the companies are also
competitors in NAND flash memory, one of Toshiba’s core technologies, and
given the scope and importance of the misappropriated technical data involved,
Toshiba has no reasonable option other than to seek legal redress.
Moving forward, Toshiba will construct a more robust system for protecting its
intellectual property and preventing its loss, and respond resolutely to
unfair competition, in order to maintain the advanced technical competence
that is the source of its competitive strength.
Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and
marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba
Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital
products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs;
electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials;
industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation
systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators &
elevators; and home appliances.
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