SK Hynix disclosed the amount in a regulatory
filing after receiving official notice of the lawsuit, which was
filed in Japan in March.
Toshiba is also seeking to have SK Hynix destroy all information
about the technology in question and cease production and sales
of NAND memory products using that technology, according to the
SK Hynix said it would seek to have the lawsuit dismissed. A
spokesman at the company declined to elaborate beyond what was
stated in the regulatory filing, and Toshiba could not be
immediately reached for comment.
Toshiba and U.S. partner SanDisk Corp filed separate civil
lawsuits against SK Hynix seeking damages over the suspected
theft of data related to their flagship flash memory chip
technology used in smartphones and tablet computers.
The suits followed the arrest by Tokyo police of a former
SanDisk engineer. SanDisk in March said the engineer is "alleged
to have illegally taken SanDisk's proprietary technical
information and to have subsequently provided it to SK Hynix,"
where he later worked.
Toshiba in March estimated losses of at least 100 billion yen as
a result of the alleged leak.
Flash memory chips, used to store data in smartphones and
tablets, are a significant source of profit for Toshiba, whose
primary competitors in the business include South Korea's
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
In a previous case, Toshiba sued SK Hynix in 2004 seeking
damages for infringing on flash memory patents and an injunction
against the sale of related products. The case was ultimately
settled through a cross-licensing agreement.
($1 = 101.2700 Japanese Yen)
(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Christopher Cushing)
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