US Trade Officials To Probe Flash Memory Chips In BlackBerry Smartphones And Other Devices

Well this can't be good. It looks like RIM among others such as Apple, Dell, Lenovo and even Sony may be paying off some heavy royalty fees to the Pennsylvania-based BTG International Inc. It seems BTG is claiming that said companies among others are currently infringing on patents designed by them for use in memory chips from Samsung.

The complaint filed with the U.S Trade commission claims that BTG designed the chips in a manner where in they can can store multiple pieces of information per cell without becoming larger or more expensive and are now demanding that U.S. authorities stop the import of all the products outlined in the filing. The US trade commission has said it will launch an investigation to get some further answers. Remember that Qualcomm fiasco anyone? Let's hope this one clears up faster then that did.