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Ruling on infringement lawsuit favors TI

Posted: 20 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Texas Instruments? patent infringement? DSPs? C6000 platform?

The U.S. district court in the central district of California dismissed a patent infringement case filed against Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) by Microprocessor Enhancement Corp. (MEC), a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp. In April 2005, MEC filed a suit seeking over $94 million and a permanent injunction against TI's C6000 platform of DSPs.

In a ruling issued on Feb. 9, the court ruled that TI did not infringe any of MEC's claims and that each claim of the MEC patent is invalid. The court further ordered MEC to pay TI's costs associated with the suit.

"TI respects the intellectual property of third parties, but we will not hesitate to fight meritless patent infringement lawsuits to the fullest extent. We're gratified the court agreed that MEC's claims were entirely unwarranted," said TI's senior VP and general counsel Joseph F. Hubach.

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