TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO 6502) announced in its June 28, 2017 press release titled “Litigation Against Western Digital Corporation”, Toshiba Memory Corporation (“TMC”) blocked the ability of Western Digital Corporation (“WD”) to access certain databases starting on June 28, 2017, because WD had improperly obtained and used certain of Toshiba’s and TMC’s technical information stored in those databases.
On July 6, 2017, WD, through its subsidiary SanDisk LLC (“SanDisk”), filed a motion seeking a temporary restraining order against TMC’s blocking of information access before the Superior Court of California for the County of San Francisco. Today the court confirmed that Toshiba and TMC do not have to provide access to database information that is owned exclusively by Toshiba or its affiliates, including TMC. This was one of the primary areas of concern for TMC–protecting the valuable technology that Toshiba and TMC own. The court did, however, provide WD with access to other information that was available to WD on June 28, 2017, for a limited period of time while the parties provide additional briefing to the court. A hearing is set for July 28, 2017 (US time), when the court will consider these same issues more fully.
There is no impact on TMC’s memory production and joint development with SanDisk. Toshiba will review the decision and consider necessary measures such as appeal.