Toshiba sues Powerchip in Taiwan over memory chip patent

TOKYO Mon Jun 2, 2014 10:40pm EDT

The logo of Toshiba Corp is seen at an electronics store in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, June 25, 2013.     REUTERS/Toru Hanai

The logo of Toshiba Corp is seen at an electronics store in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, June 25, 2013.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp, a top maker of flash memory chips used in smartphones, said on Tuesday it has filed suit in a Taiwan court against Taiwan's Powerchip Technology Corp and three other firms charging infringement of its flash memory patents.

A Toshiba spokesman said the company was seeking T$100 million ($3.3 million) in compensation in the case. The company is also seeking a halt of the sale and manufacture of products that it says infringe its patents.

In March, Toshiba also filed suit against South Korea's SK Hynix Inc seeking damages in a case over suspected theft of data related to its flash memory chip technology. ($1 = 29.9855 Taiwan New Dollars)

(Reporting by Yoshiyasu Shida and Edmund Klamann; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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