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Korean patent court decides on FormFactor case

Posted: 14 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wafer probe card? patent? Korean Patent Court? FormFactor?

FormFactor Inc. announced that the Korean Patent Court issued an oral ruling declining to render a decision on the company's Korean patent no. 252,457 regarding wafer probe card technology, and re-opening the case for further proceedings. The timing of any decision on the case, which will be handled by a new panel of judges, was not set.

The patent court also issued a ruling on FormFactor's Korean patent no. 324,064. The ruling did not address the validity decision of the Korean Intellectual Property Office as it related to 61 claims of patent no. 324,064, including several claims that FormFactor recently added to its infringement lawsuit against Phicom Corp. The patent court ruling invalidated ten claims of patent No. 324,064. Following normal practice, the bases for the rulings were not given and written opinions explaining the rulings would typically be expected in one to three weeks.

"We will continue to protect our intellectual property rights against unauthorized use and will vigorously defend the validity of our Korean patent no. 252,457 before the new patent court panel of judges," said Stuart Merkadeau, FormFactor's senior VP, general counsel. "The Korean litigations are only one part of a comprehensive litigation in multiple jurisdictions involving multiple patents. Once we receive the patent court's written decision on our patent no. 324,064, we will evaluate the substantive merits of an appeal."

According to FormFactor president Joe Bronson, the latest patent court rulings will have no current business impact.

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